Evaluation Lead

Job description

Accountable to:  Head of Evidence

Salary: £25k Fixed term (40k FTE)

Duration:  Approximately 1220 hours total, spread over 9 – 12 months.

Location: London preferred, but open to variety of working arrangements and location


To Apply

Send a CV and covering letter to jobs@whatworkswellbeing.org by 4 March 2019

To find out more about the role please contact deborah.hardoon@whatworkswellbeing.org



The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is an independent collaborative organisation set up in 2015 to understand what governments, business, communities and individuals can do to improve wellbeing.

Our vision is of a future where the wellbeing of people and communities improves year on year and wellbeing inequalities are reduced.

Our mission is to develop and share robust, accessible and useful evidence that governments, businesses, communities and people can use to improve wellbeing across the UK.

Our approach is independent, evidence based, collaborative, practical, open and iterative.

Evidence is at the heart of the centre’s work. To date, the evidence has primarily focussed on the synthesis of existing academic studies and analysis of secondary data, drawing on what we we know works to improve wellbeing, to inform policy and practice. The Evaluation lead is an exciting new role in the evidence team, as we expand our expertise, activities and partnerships in primary evidence generation. The centre seeks to generate, use and synthesise evaluation data more systematically in order to learn from projects and pilots across the UK what can work.

Job description

The Evaluation lead will deliver three programme evaluations, which build on existing project monitoring and evaluation data and insights, to draw out findings which strengthen the evidence base on what works to improve wellbeing, particularly drawing out evidence on the mechanisms and conditions for success. Each of these three evaluations will be developed in partnership with the programme funding bodies.

As the Centre’s resident expert on evaluation, you will also provide ongoing advice to the team and external partners on evaluation approaches and methodology. Advice will be particularly focussed how to measure wellbeing and evaluate impacts at the individual and community level. You will also work with the Centre to strengthen and implement its own internal evaluation policy and practice.

You will play an active role in the support, promotion and development of evidence and tools on wellbeing and wellbeing impacts for other organisations to use in their evaluation work. In particular, you will be an ambassador for the Centre’s microsite, which guides small charities in how to measure their impact and explore how best the centre can collate and communicate evaluation evidence from others.

Main responsibilities

  • Design, conduct and report on up to 3 programme evaluations, predominantly using existing projects level data and follow up interviews and other qualitative methods
  • Provide advice on monitoring and evaluation methods and practices to charities and other external partners, with a specific focus on wellbeing outputs and and outcomes
  • Represent What Works Centre for Wellbeing internally and externally on the negotiation, design and set up of new projects
  • Maintain the key relationship with external stakeholders for whom you are delivering projects throughout the life of the project, including renegotiating delivery expectations when required
  • Lead the Centre’s approach and standards for monitoring and evaluation, including of the Centre’s own effectiveness, seeking to review and improve existing approaches and systems
  • Actively engage in the identification and creation of new business opportunities  


Essential criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, economics, statistics or relevant field, or equivalent experience.
  • At least 5 years direct professional experience in M&E and Learning
  • Legally authorised to work in the United Kingdom without company sponsorship now or in the future.
  • Proven experience designing qualitative and quantitative data collection tools and survey instruments;
  • Proven experience designing rigorous methodologies for impact assessments;
  • Proven experience in organizational learning and knowledge production;
  • Strategic thinking, including identification of MEL system weaknesses and initiative to address problem(s);
  • Demonstrated experience supporting multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to operate both independently and collaboratively as required.
  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Ability to clearly articulate key messages for multiple audiences and stakeholders;


  • Proven experience leading or facilitating trainings, learning events etc. with field teams;
  • Experience of working with small charities in the UK
  • Understanding and experience of wellbeing or community wellbeing evaluations

The appointment

We will consider flexible working arrangements and the post can either be London based or involve remote working as part of a virtual team. The post-holder must be willing to travel to London regularly – minimum x 1 per month.

Secondments, flexible and part time work arrangements are encouraged.  Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred pattern of working.