Canal & River Trust

  • Research & Outcomes Measurement Assistant

    Job Locations UK-Birmingham | UK-Warwickshire-Warwick
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Temporary FT
    Strategy, Impact & Engagement
    Advertised Salary
  • Job Purpose

    The Canal & River Trust is a charity entrusted with the care of over 2000 miles of canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs in England and Wales. These historic, natural and cultural assets form part of the strategic and local green infrastructure network, linking urban and rural communities & habitats. Our waterways contribute to the health and well-being of local communities and economies, creating attractive and connected places to live, work, volunteer and spend leisure time.


    This vacancy is a 6 month fixed term contract to support the Economist in the timely and accurate delivery of research results and analysis, primarily to Strategy, Engagement, Impact, Policy & Fundraising. 




    1. Data analysis and reporting e.g. data from the Trust’s continuous, national survey and on-site user and environment monitoring hardware to support outcomes measurement; data from the Trust’s towpath surveys to identify areas for improvement & impact measurement; analysis of evaluation surveys to assess the potential outcome of the work of the Trust. Analysis must be accurate and robust and reported in a suitable format for the audience, from slide-based reports through to infographics.
    1. Use online survey tools and the Trust’s GIS to create and disseminate national open data, surveys, analyse the results and report findings depending on the individual project needs of internal stakeholders.
    1. Monitor third party research and other external sources and produce concise summaries to provide context and interpretation of the Trust’s own research, from external market trends through to local demographic profiles.
    1. Support the development of a library of local case-study information to be used to both interpret and illustrate large scale national research.
    1. Support the Economist in the delivery of specific research & outcomes measurement projects, including the development of research briefs with internal stakeholders, targeting and selecting suitable providers, and ultimately, the delivery of projects from inception through to reporting.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    Required skills and qualifications


    1. The successful candidate should have an inquisitive mind that enjoys interrogating data and an ability to listen to the views of others to capture the richness of qualitative research.
    1. They must hold a 2:1 qualification or equivalent, preferably in data science, economics or statistics.
    1. Be numerate with a good understanding of collating and analysing data, ideally both qualitative and quantitative, with a working knowledge of statistical computing e.g. Excel, R, SPSS, SQL.
    1. Experience of carrying out research in an organisational setting would be beneficial.
    1. The candidate should demonstrate a high standard of written and verbal communication skills, confident in speaking with others, via telephone and face to face.
    1. A good working knowledge of IT, in particular Microsoft office is required and be competent in using Microsoft office.
    1. Must be highly organised, self-motivated and able to work in a demanding and busy environment. You must have a strong attention to detail as well as the ability to handle lots of different tasks at one time.
    1. Demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills and expand your technical knowledge.

    What We Offer

    Additional to your salary we also offer a generous contributory DC Pension plan, and excellent holidays.  You can learn more about the employee excellent benefits we offer here.


    You will be working with a great team to deliver a very important service offering our customers  across the waterway a positive experience and a desire to return. 


    We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.


    Find out more about the work we do and opportunities we have on our website:


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