Research and Evidence Associate


Reporting to: Director of Evidence and Impact

Job purpose

The Research and Evidence Associate brings expertise in the identification, assessment and summarising of research evidence and large national datasets, ensuring that our information and interventions are evidence-based. National statistics and routinely available datasets are monitored and critically assessed to provide up-to-date facts and figures that are communicated internally as well as externally to strategically inform and contextualise the work of Drinkaware.

The role provides evidence synthesis on alcohol-harm, supporting the work of our expert Medical Advisory Panel, and identifies opportunities for the development of organisational interventions to drive behaviour change. The work involves oversight and delivery of in-house surveys and routinely collected data, as well as ad hoc quantitative analysis of existing data sets. With expertise in statistics and working with large data sets the role complements a small Research and Impact team, also comprising a Director of Evidence and Impact and a Research and Insight Manager, which works closely with colleagues in other teams to ensure the robust evidence-based approach of the charity’s work.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Undertake research based on primary and secondary data, and confidently use quantitative methods and appropriate data analysis techniques.
  2. Monitor national data statistics and relevant research journals, identifying insights of strategic relevance to Drinkaware.
  3. Assess and summarise key research findings, communicating effectively to different audiences.
  4. Provide accurate facts and research evidence for press releases for national and regional media on Drinkaware research, national statistics and breaking health stories.
  5. Lead on or contribute to key organisational reports (e.g. the Website User Survey Report) and support the analysis of research data for the Senior Leadership Team as required.
  6. Act as content owner for specified aspects of evidence and impact information on the website, ensuring that the content is reviewed, current, comprehensive and accessible. Updating the Research and Impact content as required.
  7. Undertake analysis of raw data to provide consumer knowledge of our key target audiences and of drinking behaviours that contribute to alcohol-related harm.
  8. Research the evidence base for planned Marketing campaigns and educational (including web-based) interventions, and assist in the identification of appropriate research and evaluation tools.
  9. Contribute to inputting and updating required organisational information and data related to the organisational Key Performance Indicator (KPI) framework relating to programme specific Theory of Change (ToC) models.
  10. Undertake primary data collection for research and evaluation projects, and support the development of internal research capacity.
  11. Provide guidance for non-research members of the Drinkaware team in respect to their responsibilities relating to evidence and research.

Person Specification

Education / Training

Postgraduate degree (possibly doctoral level) or equivalent in relevant area (e.g. psychology, social sciences). Relevant experience in health informatics and/ or working with large data sets is desired.

Essential Criteria

  • Expertise in statistics, experience of working with large data sets and health informatics in a health context, and use of relevant software (SPSS, Excel).
  • Excellent analytical skills and highly numerate: able to conduct in-house analysis, interpret and synthesise large data sets, and cull insight from external data sources.
  • Excellent evidence synthesis skills to systematically search published and grey literature on specified subjects and critically review published literature
  • Excellent problem solving skills and ability to work independently.
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate effectively with different audiences.
  • Ability to undertake primary research data collection (e.g. undertake surveys).
  • People skills: ability to develop and sustain positive relationships with a range of internal and external contacts.
  • Knowledge of data protection requirements.
  • Highly organised and excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desired Criteria

  • Experience of digital content management – reviewing and updating website content.
  • Knowledge of behaviour-change theories and the evaluation of health-promoting interventions.
  • A personal commitment to reducing the risk of alcohol-related harm.

Special features of the role

  • Training on the job and off-site will be available to the right candidate.
  • Some out of standard hours working, evenings and weekends (on an exceptional basis only).

The Drinkaware Trust is committed to diversity and inclusion and it is essential that the post holder is committed to make a positive contribution to their promotion and implementation.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 26 August.
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will happen 5th to 7th September 2018.

Please complete the application form along with your cv and send to

Only applicants who apply with CV and completed application form will be considered

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