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FAN Research Manager (Evaluation)

Are you a lover or arts and culture but also a stickler for statistics? Well, you’re in luck because this is a brilliant opportunity to carry out research for the British Film Institute’s Film Audience Network… 

Supported by National Lottery funding, the British Film Institute’s Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) is a unique collaboration made up of eight Hubs managed by leading film organisations and venues strategically placed around the UK, and is the backbone of the BFI’s strategy to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone. Film Hub South East is part of BFI’s Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) and The Independent Cinema Office is the lead organisation for Film Hub South East.

Along with their regional remit, they have also been tasked with the UK-wide responsibility of Data & Evaluation – to provide a clear and objective picture of FAN’s effectiveness in achieving its desired outcomes, maximising its impact and supporting BFI 2022 objectives.

They are seeking a FAN Research Manager who has a passion for quantitative and qualitative evaluation research methods and an interest in using these to help us improve and learn from the findings. The successful candidate will evaluate BFI FAN activities, in order to provide an impartial assessment of their effectiveness in achieving the desired BFI FAN outcomes and associated BFI 2022 objectives.


  • To develop, deliver and embed a framework that evaluates the impact and effectiveness of BFI FAN in achieving its outcomes and associated BFI2022 outcomes
  • To advise on and help implement suitable and effective research methods to measure the effectiveness of activities, including guidance on data collection
  • To work collaboratively with the BFI to review reports, case studies and data collected to ensure their integrity and to devise models for collecting/analysing data and insights from different types of activity
  • To design, commission and manage research, as required, that evaluates the impact and effectiveness of BFI FAN in achieving its outcomes and associated BFI2022 outcomes
  • Present and disseminate findings to stakeholders to inform the work of BFI FAN, in particular to meet its strategic outcomes
  • To be an advocate and champion for evaluation, promoting its importance within BFI FAN and to its members
  • To ensure stakeholders are kept informed of relevant research and evaluation programmes conducted by other bodies
  • To supply information and provide advice on research and evaluation to BFI FAN when required
  • To contribute to the provision of research and evaluation thought leadership, policy development and strategic planning to advise on evaluation and its role in the development of BFI FAN


  • Demonstrable experience of managing high quality research and evaluation projects from inception to delivery of results
  • Experience of implementing and embedding evaluation frameworks across a network or managing the delivery of evaluation by external agencies would be an advantage
  • Excellent communication, presentation and inter-personal skills
  • Able to advocate the use of research and evaluation to those who are not necessarily research literate themselves and to clearly explain the benefits of high quality evidence to inform planning and advocacy
  • Knowledge and experience of commissioning and managing policy focused evaluation in a working environment and of managing and quality assuring the work of external suppliers
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to produce accurate and clear reports and presentations to a variety of stakeholders and to communicate clearly and confidently to people from a variety of different backgrounds
  • Experience of using a range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques
  • Personal computer and data management skills, including spreadsheets, presentation packages and data visualisation tools
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills
  • Ability to work on your own initiative according to self imposed deadlines and to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of the UK film industry, film culture and the creative industries as a whole
  • The ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders
  • An interest in arts and culture would be beneficial
  • A sense of humour


  • A master’s degree, PhD or equivalent experience in which research and/or evaluation theory and methods, data collection, analysis and interpretation formed a substantial part


  • Follow this link to see the full job description & to apply
  • The application deadline is Friday 30th August 2019, 5pm
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website