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Research & Evaluation Officer

Are you a music lover with a passion for research and data analysis? Then look no further than this exciting role…

Youth Music funds music-making projects across England that help children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically. They work particularly with those who don’t get to make music because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through.

They are seeking someone who is passionate about using research, evaluation and data to inform the way they work and advocate for change. They would particularly welcome applications from candidates who have experience of directly working with young people and who have strong quantitative analysis skills.


Research and evaluation

  • Data analysis – code and analyse data to feed into impact reporting.
  • Impact measurement – support the review and refinement of existing processes for impact measurement (including data collection and analysis, evaluation frameworks and the introduction of shared impact measurement)
  • Research – design and undertake first-hand data collection to support in-house and external research, analyse data and produce research outputs
  • Data requests – produce briefings, data extracts and source relevant information from national databases and academic journals
  • Stakeholder survey –co-design and author Youth Music’s annual stakeholder survey
  • Data input and management – ensure the integrity of the organisational databases, including data input and cleansing


  • Report-writing – produce clear and accessible reports and recommendations to support evidence-based decision making and organisational learning
  • Learning outputs – take an active role in producing resources and blogs for the Youth Music Network
  • Presenting externally – submit abstracts and present at relevant conferences and events

Learning and networking

  • Evaluation resources – work with funded projects to co-design evaluation resources for internal and external stakeholders
  • Training – support delivery of Youth Music training and events and work with grantholders and colleagues to improve their knowledge and practice
  • Internal learning – support and contribute to all staff and team learning sessions
  • Professional development – ensure up-to-date knowledge of relevant areas of work
  • Data insights – produce analytical outputs from grants management database to inform internal learning


  • Partners and contractors – communicate with external contractors as required
  • Working across teams – provide support to others in the wider Youth Music team
  • Other duties – carry out all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role
  • Travel and overnight stays – this post will require travel across England, occasionally involving overnight stays



  • Knowledge of research methodologies and experience in the collection, analysis and use of data
  • Proficient IT skills, including Microsoft Office and database software with advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, verbally and in writing
  • Organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Knowledge of and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Familiarity with funders, charities and not-for-profits
  • Passion for music and interest in its benefits for individuals and society


  • Working knowledge of analytics platforms such as Tableau
  • Project management experience
  • Experience of working or volunteering in music education, grants management, youth work or advocacy, education or not-for-profit setting


  • Follow this link to apply
  • The deadline for applications is Monday 6 January at 10AM
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website