Centre for Thriving Places: Research and Analysis Manager


We are looking for someone with at least 6 years’ experience of working in a research and analysis role, with a primary focus on quantitative research and data. You should be confident working with a diverse range of data and evidence, including large-scale social surveys and official statistics.

You will be comfortable with an open and flexible approach to work, and working alone. We are a small, remote team and you may be required at times to work in areas or sectors, or grow into new areas/sectors in which you are not familiar. We require someone authentic who is comfortable not always having all the answers, but is willing to proactively search for them in a collaborative way.

We would value experience and interest in one or more of the following areas: health and wellbeing; equality and inclusion; climate and environment; community wellbeing; housing, place-making and regeneration; education and skills; employment and local economy.

You may also have research experience relating to wellbeing or new economics, have worked in local government, policy, or place-based change (e.g. in local authority or other local statutory infrastructure, community or VCS organisation, related think-tank or policy organisation, related consultancy). While experience at a place-level isn’t essential, you should have a strong interest in how to create systems change at a local level and desire to improve the lives of people across the different parts of the UK.

If you are looking to have a positive impact while working on diverse projects and with a range of partners, showcasing and continuing to develop your research expertise, then this is the role for you.

Our team may be small, but the values that underpin our work make us a tight knit unit: we are rigorous and practical champions of people and systems; we share skills and experience positively and generously and courage is the hallmark of our approach to building a wellbeing economy.   If you think this measures up to a dream job for you, take a look at the full job description, including the terms and salary offer.

*We are a 4-day per week business. This means that full time is 4 days, and 3 days a week would  be 0.75 FTE and so on. A working day is based on 8 hours. 


Key Responsibilities
Consultancy / Commissioned Work
● In partnership with CTP’s consultancy team, contribute to policy and programme development through research and analysis, building relationships with clients and influencing through robust evidence
● Ensuring the best use of research and analysis– managing conversations with stakeholders to identify the focus; identifying best methods and sources; designing, undertaking and overseeing delivery
● Playing a key role in compiling evidence, developing frameworks and indicators, pulling together and summarising data, statistical analysis, and identifying implications
● Acquiring data from primary or secondary data sources, maintaining and improving databases for bespoke projects
● Overseeing team members to ensure all work is delivered to high standards including accuracy, clarity, and engaging presentation of evidence

Development of Research & Insight Tools
● Work closely with the Head of Research, Data and Insight to plan the development and evolution of CTP’s core research and data tools to help maximise their impact
● Contribute to the development and evolution of the Thriving Places Toolkit including the foundational Framework, Thriving Places Index, and the wider database containing indicators and evidence on a range of factors that contribute to wellbeing
● Contribute to evidence reviews and synthesis around different conditions and outcomes relating to wellbeing at a local level
● Conduct statistical analysis to inform the selection and use of different indicators and datasets
● Oversee, provide guidance and quality assurance on gathering indicator data from available public sources e.g. ONS, Public Health England
● Ad-hoc analysis and summaries of Thriving Places data to support CTP/partnership publications (e.g. reports, white papers) and communications (e.g. webinars, events, articles)

Research & Analysis on Place-Based Wellbeing
● Undertake research, evidence and data gathering and applying critical analysis to a variety of relevant topics to develop new thinking and influence key audiences
● Develop/contribute to high quality research reports, presentations, and communicating analysis to a range of audiences including Local and Combined Authorities, statutory bodies, policy organisations, community and VCS
organisations, funders and the private sector
● Contribute to identifying evidence gaps, potential for new analysis to inform and support system change, raise the profile of CTP and enhance our impact

Organisational Development
● Supporting the development of a Data Analyst & Researcher, including mentoring and training on key areas of work
● Keep abreast of developments in the fields of well being and new economics, social and environmental issues, place-based change, and support that knowledge to be spread and used across the organisation and beyond
● Support the SLT in the promotion of the organisation to clients, public, funders, academic, commercial sector organisations

Salary & Benefits

Contract Terms: Permanent employment
Location: Hybrid with optional part-time access to office base in Bristol
Salary: c. £40,000- £45,000 FTE for a 4-day week
CTP is a 4-day week organisation
Salary dependent on experience
Hours: 4 day/week
We are flexible employers- the work pattern will be agreed with the successful candidate
We are also open to requests to work less days or a potential job share


Centre for Thriving Places (CTP) is a globally recognised leader in the practical application of wellbeing economics and supporting places to create the conditions for people and planet to thrive.

CTP was founded in 2010 and has over a decade of experience working with a wide range of place-based or place-focused organisations across local government, national government and public sector agencies, funders, academia, voluntary and community organisations, local and regional partnerships and networks. We help a wide range of organisations to focus on what drives wellbeing and redesign systems to deliver these conditions through a combination of research and analysis, evidence-based frameworks and tools, consultancy and support, training and knowledge exchange.