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Senior Research and Impact Manager

Our role as the UK’s national strategic advisor for design is to champion the value of design and to build the evidence needed to create the conditions needed for design to thrive.  From our flagship Design Economy programme to our impact reports for national clients such as Network Rail, our research has inspired similar studies around the world. Our research helps to shape national policy and programmes, industry-led change, and to build awareness of the value of design with the public.

With our mission – Design for Planet – we are at the forefront of developing new research methodologies to capture the wider social, environmental and economic value of design, and the role it can play in systems change and transformation.

This is a rare opportunity to manage and deliver our flagship research programme Design Economy, and oversee the strategic development and implementation of our collective impact assessment across our transformational design programmes. The postholder will lead major programmes of research; be passionate about bringing design-led methodologies into research and evaluation practice; and translate new insights into accessible, understandable and compelling narratives and recommendations for national government, industry, the design community and the public.

The successful candidate will have a strong sense of the value of design, be confident in delivering large-scale research projects, and managing third-party research partners. They will be an expert in a range of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methodologies and be committed to engaging different stakeholders in their work in an inclusive way. They will be excellent storytellers and communicators, able to translate data into powerful insights and narratives for a range of audiences.

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  • Salary: £40,000-£45,000
  • Reporting to: Programme Lead
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Closing date: 28 August 2022