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The Centre is interested in hearing from individuals with strong quantitative and qualitative skills who believe they can make a difference to the public policy debate by joining our growing team. Please email: careers@progressive-policy.net


Head of Research Methods

Salary: c. £60,000

The Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) is a new economics think tank, committed to making inclusive growth a reality.

The Centre believes that a new approach to economic growth is needed, emphasising the role of investment in social infrastructure – such as health and social care, education and skills – and the importance of place. By working with national and local partners, CPP aims to devise effective, innovative and pragmatic solutions to drive productivity and shared prosperity across the UK.

Since going live in March 2018, the Centre has launched two major programmes of work on skills and health and social care. Rigorous, data-driven analysis is at the heart of our research and engagement, enabling us to develop deliverable policy ideas that shape the debate and pave the way for system change.

The Centre is looking for an experienced Head of Research Methods to oversee the design of CPP’s major research projects and ensure the quality of all research meets the highest standards of excellence. Working with the Director, Head of Policy and Engagement and our key stakeholders, the Head of Research Methods will ensure CPP creates genuine added value and maximises our potential for real-world impact.

Essential skills

  • Experience of innovative, impactful research design
  • People management and organisational leadership
  • Deep understanding of how think tank research and engagement can create system change

Desirable skills

  • A background in applied quantitative methods (e.g. health economics, (national/local) public finance, mathematical biology, engineering)

Interested candidates should send a covering letter and CV to Charlotte Alldritt, Director, Centre for Progressive Policy by midnight 11th July. Interviews will take place in the week beginning 16th July. For more information, please see www.progressive-policy.net/careers or contact Charlotte Alldritt at careers@progressive-policy.net or 020 7070 3363.


Job Title:             Head of Research Methods

Reporting to:     Director

Manages:            1 Senior Research Analyst, 1/2 Research Analyst


Key responsibilities:

Lead the development of Centre for Progressive Policy’s original research programme, working with the Director to establish the Centre as an influential and impactful UK economics think tank. Oversee the design and delivery of robust, data-driven policy research, consistently meeting the highest standards of excellence.


Specific tasks will include:

Leadership and Management

  • Work with the Director to deliver and refine the vision of the organisation, nurturing its development as it grows from a start up to an established market player
  • As part of the Centre’s senior leadership team, create and lead a high performing and diverse team through appropriate recruitment, organisational design, and career development/training (particularly in research design and delivery)

Research and Analysis

  • Lead the development of the Centre’s original research programme, working with the Centre’s key stakeholders and other relevant players (e.g. academics) to ensure added value and maximise potential for real-world impact
  • Oversee the design of the Centre’s major research projects, applying new and established quantitative research techniques to support data-driven insight
  • Integrate qualitative methods where appropriate, contracting with third parties as required
  • Ensure the quality of all research and outputs consistently meeting the highest standards of excellence, raising the bar in the UK think tank market


  • Work with the Director and Head of Policy and Engagement to set and manage annual budgets, exploring additional funding opportunities during years 2 – 3 and beyond
  • Lead evaluation and monitoring of CPP influence and impact, providing a basis for ongoing development of the Centre’s strategy and theory of change

Communications and Stakeholder Management

  • Work with the Director and other members of the team to ensure CPP’s research is based upon end-to-end engagement and influence (e.g. through timely, high quality events, stakeholder engagement and strategic communications/media relations)


Internship Programme

The Centre offers an internship scheme in which a diverse range of candidates are invited to apply for a six-month programme to support our data and economic analysis, as well as our policy research and engagement.

Successful candidates will be highly numerate, excellent communicators and enjoy working as part of our small, start-up team, based in Westminster. An interest in finding innovative ways of solving longstanding public policy problems will be essential.

As part of our commitment to encourage diversity and opportunity, all interns are paid the London Living Wage. Suitable candidates will be selected on the basis of a short interview, which will take place at our offices in Westminster.

The next round of recruitment is scheduled to open in September 2018. The date will be announced in due course. For further information contact Charlotte Alldritt at careers@progressive-policy.net.