Head of Evidence

Salary: £40-50,000 depending on experience

Reporting to: Programme Director

Hours of work: Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Location: Homebased with scheduled team and planning days. We offer flexible employment options and are open to job shares and secondments

This is a permanent role. 

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK as the Centre cannot provide visa sponsorship.

How to apply

The full job description is below.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability and interest in the role to jobs@whatworkswellbeing.org

Deadliine for applications: 23 February 2022 23:59
Interviews will take place in the following weeks.
If you would like to discuss the role in more detail please email Robin Hewings, the Programme Director for the Camapaign to End Loneliness at robin@campaigntoendloneliness.org.uk 

About our work in loneliness

Loneliness affects people of all ages and backgrounds and touches the lives of millions. It causes real emotional pain and can affect our physical and mental health. Our long-term vision is that everyone can live a life free of chronic loneliness. To do that, we seek action across society to prevent and alleviate chronic loneliness Our focus gives us a depth of understanding and expertise on loneliness and how it relates to other issues.  We develop evidence; bring together the community of organisations who work on loneliness; and, make the case for action across society.We want to continue to move the issue of loneliness forward and create change in policy and practice – so that fewer people experience harm as a result of chronic loneliness and more people feel connected to their communities and experience positive relationships that sustain them.

Job purpose

The overarching objective of the role is to develop new evidence and synthesise existing evidence to address key questions in loneliness that improves the collective knowledge of how to tackle loneliness.

Our work to improve evidence aims to achieve the following:

  • A growing portfolio of evidence-based resources
  • Campaign resources being used and referenced by practitioners, policy makers, media and researchers
  • Campaign resources reflecting experience and knowledge from people with experience of loneliness, researchers, practitioners and policy makers

Main duties

Identify gaps and keep abreast of developments and insights from loneliness research and best practice to ensure our work is original, relevant and high quality.

  • Develop relationships with researchers and have a strong knowledge of research in this area
  • Participate in advisory groups and work with other partners to develop evidence.
  • Work with the Programme’s Advisory Group and Programme Director to ensure the organisation’s work is accurate and well-evidenced

Collaborate with policy makers, practitioners and researchers so that there is a primed audience to facilitate promotion and adoption of high quality evidence.

  • Convene and curate research focussed events
  • Develop case studies to exemplify practises
  • Contribute to others’ work programmes
  • Convene and curate research focussed events.

Produce reports and resources that are practical and translate evidence and research in ways that make them useful so we have tangible assets that can be disseminated and used by a wider range of organisations.

  • Work closely with colleagues and collaborators on events, developing evidence and working with our community.
  • Design, develop and deliver specific projects and programmes that are clearly defined, managed, planned and articulated with appropriate engagement of stakeholders and supporters.

Additional duties

  • Development funding bids and ideas, including writing external funding applications and working with funders and reporting back on progress.
  • All employees are expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises so that tasks, which are not specifically covered in their job description are undertaken. These additional duties will normally be compatible with the regular type of work.

Criteria and requirements

Education and qualifications

Degree in a related subject or other relevant professional qualification and experience.

Skills and experience


  • A strong understanding of different research methods and track record of using them
  • Practical experience of involving people affected by an issue in the design, development and delivery of programmes of work
  • A deep understanding of social policy and, ideally, knowledge and understanding of loneliness issues


  • Influencing and relationship building skills in working with external stakeholders, including  with leading researchers
  • Experience that can be applied to working with universities, policy-makers, business and civil society organisations


  • Strong experience of translating research and evidence into practical and usable products, services and tools
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills that understand the needs of different audiences
  • Working with colleagues with expertise in communications

Other skills

  • Ability to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders and competing timelines
  • Ability to spot opportunities with potential funders, create bids and report back to them on the progress of projects

Employer: The Campaign to End Loneliness is hosted by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, which employs all Campaign staff and the Campaign team adheres to all of their organisational policies.