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Head of Evidence and Data

‍Shape the Centre’s evidence strategy, and help develop our unique approach to build and improve the sector’s understanding of what works.

In a nutshell:

The Centre for Homelessness Impact is in search of a Head of Evidence and Data, who will lead the growth of our evidence and data science work. This person will develop and manage our evidence programme and be passionate about leading project teams, adept at uncovering insights from data and evidence, and skillful at translating these insights into meaningful opportunities for policy, service design and innovation.

We are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who is excited to build and lead this function of our new Centre, is someone who inspires and supports both internal and external teams, and possesses the technical knowledge and ability to design, commission and/or deliver new studies and projects. 


At the Centre for Homelessness Impact we help people to harness the power of evidence and data to improve policies and interventions. We are currently in a period of growth and learning, so there’s a huge opportunity for this role to make an impact. You will grow and shape the direction of our data science and evaluation work. You will guide project teams to ensure methodological excellence and push the boundaries for how we identify insights from research findings. Your skill set is critical to our work because you have the ability to both cultivate relationships with stakeholders and support the development of world class researchers.


  • Develop and shape the Centre’s evidence strategy, and well as our unique approach to building and improving the sector’s understanding of what works.
  • Design, scope, and run trials and systematic reviews that helps us tackle pressing challenges. 
  • Facilitate synthesis, generating insights and opportunities for both research and service or product design.
  • Oversee updates, and contributes to the development of our evidence tools, in partnership with the team and our partners and stakeholders.
  • Can translate evidence standards into plain language guidance of what good evidence looks like and develop the Centre’s methods guide in collaboration with our academic partners.
  • Represent the Centre externally through speaking engagements, writing, and other opportunities to build the ‘what works’ movement in homelessness and tell the Centre’s stories
  • Manage multiple stakeholder needs both effectively and sensitively.  


  • Mastery in a social science discipline, e.g. economics, data science, public health or other related disciplines.
  • Demonstrable experience of complex Project Management.
  • Experience working in a What Works Centre or an organisation with a similar mission.
  • A track record of successfully leading or commissioning quantitative evaluations and familiarity with a variety of methodologies  - including cost effectiveness - and a track record of experimenting with new research approaches.
  • Experience of commissioning research synthesis and of using systematic methodologies.
  • Pushes the boundaries for how data and evidence contribute to designing intelligent services and systems to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness or a risk.
  • Demonstrated experience of developing and leading stakeholders relationships and building lasting partnerships.
  • Experienced writer and public speaker and expert at drawing insights from research findings.
  • Serves as a trusted advisor to stakeholders and project teams by providing strategic level guidance, coaching and constructive critique in service of improving both outcomes as well as evidence standards.
  • Share evaluation and data science techniques and approaches with other researchers and stakeholders.
  • Committed to both the aims and values of the Centre.
  • An entrepreneurial approach and an ability to work effectively and flexibly in a lean, diverse and agile organisation with big ambitions. Openness to critique from other disciplines and curiosity to learn from a spectrum of perspectives.


  • Are expert in advanced statistical analysis and proficient in one or more of these statistical software packages: SPSS, Stata, R, Python.
  • Expertise in cost effectiveness methodologies.
  • Expertise in impact evaluation design.
  • Expertise in systematic methodologies.


Flexible but Glasgow or London preferred.


£38,000 to £50,000 (pro rata if part-time) depending on experience and location. 3 days per week if part-time. Flexible, with at least two days in office on an average week. Both full-time and part-time considered.

To apply

If you identify with our values and would like to contribute to the Centre, we would love to hear from you. Please apply by emailing with a CV and cover letter outlining why you would be right for the role.

Please apply by the 19th of September 2019. The interviews will take place on the 30th of September 2019

General information

Who we are

We’re a social startup in the homelessness sector. Our mission is to end homelessness by helping charities, local authorities and policy-makers understand which programmes and strategies work best. We’re big believers in the power of evidence and human-centred design when it comes to solving complex social problems like homelessness – and we’re looking to build a small, agile team to deliver content, training and platforms that make a real difference to those affected, as well as people working towards a future without homelessness.

Joining a relatively small team you’ll be a big part of shaping the way we work, collaborate and deliver impact. You’ll also have a great opportunity to assert your aesthetic and personality on the centre and its work in a meaningful way.

Our values

We value optimism, diversity, collaboration, sense of ownership, the ability to embrace ambiguity, a talk-less-do-more attitude, learning from failure, and making each other successful. If you identify with our values and want to help us end homelessness, we’d love to have you in. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from people with lived experiences of homelessness.



How to apply

Read our job descriptions above and apply by emailing a cover letter and CV to and reference the job title.

In your cover letter, please address the points outlined in the person specification section of the role you are interested in. 

For any queries you can email and a member of the team will respond.