Wellbeing Analyst

Job description

Grade HEO or £28-35k pa

Accountable to Head of Evidence and Analysis

Permanent contract. Secondments for six months to one year will be considered.

A range of working patterns considered. 

Location: London preferred but open to variety of working arrangements and locations.

To Apply

This opportunity is now closed.

About the Centre

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.

We believe that improving wellbeing should be the ultimate objective of policy and community action.

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.

Job summary

The wellbeing analyst is a key role in the Centre.  You will continue to establish the evidence functions of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing. You will work with our academic-led consortia, generating high quality evidence and knowledge so the Centre is recognised as an independent and world-class hub for the synthesis and uptake of evidence on wellbeing. The analyst will work closely with the head of evidence and the rest of the team to support the translation and dissemination of this evidence to inform policy and practice so that there is greater adoption of evidence informed activity and there are improvements to the quality of available evidence.

The responsibilities below will be shaped to fit the strengths of the successful candidate.

Main responsibilities

Support a highly credible ‘what works’ evidence resource with the Director, Head of Evidence Programme Manager and Evidence teams by:

  1. Contributing to the Centre’s evidence programme:
  • Help to successfully complete the Centre’s current evidence programme to June 2018 and work with stakeholders, partners and funders to establish the next programme.
  • Suport (and deliver) a legacy publication for the first evidence programme on the state of Wellbeing in the UK, bringing together all the findings from evidence, methodology and practice in one place.
  • Support the evaluation of the Centre’s impacts.
  1. Translation and Implementation
  • Work closely with the evidence teams to translate and disseminate the findings from the evidence programme through e.g. tools and briefings.
  • Interpret and present often complex evidence and research in a way that is accessible to a wide range of audiences including digitially and through partnerships.
  • Potential development of the Centre’s rapid response capability with data and review-level questions.
  • Contributing to learning events/training on wellbeing evaluation methods.
  1. Contribute to development of research and review methods to be used by the Centre including the development and delivery of a series of methodology/core capabilities projects in collaboration with the Evidence Programme teams. Specific projects include:
  • Helping to develop the ‘wellbeing thought leadership’ series including commissioning, QA and oversight of position papers and case studies for the Centre’s methods.
  • Improving wellbeing methodology by further developing
  • guidance on defining and measuring WB inequalities
  • the Centre’s approach to measuring cost effectiveness of wellbeing interventions, in collaboration with the evidence programme teams
  • the centre’s microsite: guidance on wellbeing evaluation for small charities (to be launched in Jan)
  • the inclusion of wellbeing methodology in guidance for policy analysts.
  1. Identify and respond to gaps in the evidence
  • Support the Centre’s relationships with the Social Impacts Task Force/Government analytical community, Office for National Statistics and key academic, science and research audiences to share learning and encourage collaboration with the Centre to develop of the evidence base.
  • Support evaluation advice and trial development.

Person specification

  • Analytical qualifications and experience. This will be suitable to a range of disciplines and the role will be shaped to meet the candidate’s strengths
  • Knowledge of the academic, and practical application of wellbeing research and data
  • Ability to communicate succinctly and engage an audience, standing ground when needed, using appropriate styles, methods and timing
  • Able to work collaborative and establish relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and partners to deliver outcomes
  • A thorough appreciation of the public service, political and business context relevant to wellbeing
  • Experience of the approaches required to translate academic evidence into tangible public policy outcomes and practical change.
  • High intellectual capability with strong analytical skills and the ability to develop insights and provide evidence based findings.