Lead Evaluation Officer (Culture) SCP/R4

Grade K | £36,951 pa | Location Leeds | Permanent (funded for 3 years) | Full time (up to 37 hours) Requests for part time / job share will be considered | Closing date: 17 July 2022

Lead Evaluation Officer (Culture) SCP/R4

Grade: K £36,951 pa
Location: Leeds (Hybrid flexible working)
Full time (up to 37 hours per week) Applications will be considered on a part time / job share basis 
Closing date: 17 July 2022

  • Do you want to work for an organisation that values you as an individual?
  • An organisation that will support your professional development?
  • What about an organisation that has Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of everything that it does?
  • How about an organisation that does all these things and more?
  • Yes? Then look no further than the West Yorkshire Combined Authority! Listen to what our staff say by visiting our Life at West Yorkshire Combined Authority page

We currently have a vacancy for a Lead Evaluation Officer to join our Research and Intelligence team.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Mayoral Combined Authority. We have a wide variety of exciting projects that we are working on which will help shape the West Yorkshire region.  In 2021 the £1.8bn devolution deal was secured for West Yorkshire. This meant the first Mayor of West Yorkshire was subsequently elected, with Tracy Brabin taking up post in May 2021. The devolution deal and election of the Mayor has enabled us to start to drive up living standards for local communities while tackling the climate emergency and helping to deliver our commitment to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038.

We are excited that, following the Mayor’s pledge to lead a Creative New Deal and ensure that our creative industries are part of the broader recovery strategy, culture, heritage and sports has emerged as a new policy area for the Combined Authority.

We are working closely with our local authority partners in developing a portfolio of interventions to develop and champion the region’s cultural offer and economy. This is an exciting moment for culture and sport in West Yorkshire. Key WYCA-supported initiatives include Leeds Year of Culture 2023, Kirklees Year of Music 23, Calderdale Year of Culture 24, Wakefield Region of Culture 24, and Bradford City of Culture 2025, the Young Poet Laureate schools programme 23, Bradford Literature Festival 2022, Creative Catalyst and the Mayor’s Screen Diversity Programme.

More broadly, the region has internationally significant assets in visual arts and sculpture, music, dance and screen industries, and is poised to become a centre of excellence for literature, with planned capital projects such as the British Library North and National Poetry Centre.

This role offers an opportunity to work alongside a range of partners in this developing policy context, providing vital insights which will not only help us to understand the impact of this work, but will also inform its shape as we move forward.

To find out more about the work the Combined Authority is involved with take a look at our latest news stories.

The Role

Reporting into Evaluation Manager, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the development and delivery of a monitoring and evaluation framework for the Creative New Deal in collaboration with Policy colleagues, Local Authority Partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Research and engagement with relevant academic organisations and individuals to ensure that we build on the current body of knowledge and evaluative good practice in the context of cultural policy, and that bid development, future policy, and delivery is evidence-based.
  • Reporting to the Culture Committee as required.
  • Championing evaluation within the Combined Authority and across the wider partnership to promote good practice and ensure it is effectively embedded at design stage and capable of generating robust findings.
  • Developing narratives of what works to engage a range of audiences and leading on the dissemination of these outputs.
  • Developing and applying a mixed-methods approach to explore the impact of interventions on diverse groups, and capture lived-experience through qualitative data collection alongside quantitative measures.
  • Relationship building and managing the (sometimes competing) priorities of stakeholders.

Review the Role profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

You will have the following key skills, attributes, education and experience

  • A degree or equivalent relevant experience in Economics, Economic Analysis, Cultural Economics, Cultural Studies, Sports Research and Evaluation, Social Research Methods or similar area of study/practice.
  • Experience of effectively applying social research methods in the field of Cultural Policy to develop insights that feed back into policy and practice.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative Evaluation methodologies – such as, experimental and quasi-experimental design, co-production techniques, survey, interview and focus group approaches, case study development, difference in difference, process and economic evaluation approaches.
  • Substantial and proven experience in the design of logic models in evaluation and the ability to apply this in policy development and formulation work.
  • Significant practical and professional experience of the commissioning and procurement of consultancy research and evaluation.
  • Experience of conveying complex written and verbal information clearly and concisely.
  • Experience of building relationships and influencing stakeholders.
  • Leadership, professionalism and a commitment to championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in line with the Combined Authority’s corporate values and priorities.



Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 28 days Annual Leave (increasing upon years of service) plus bank holidays
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Free Travel on rail and buses across West Yorkshire with the M-Card (Zones 1-5)
  • Flexible working practices with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

We have also recently undergone a major office refurbishment and have bright, airy, modern office space, with all latest technology, and just a 2-minute walk from Leeds Train Station. We also have agile working options too if you would rather work from home, or another suitable location, as well as a generous flexi-time scheme.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role, please upload your anonymised CV to our online application form telling us why you would be a great fit for our role.

Please apply by 11:55pm on Sunday 17 July 2022.

Further Information

The Combined Authority is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, neuro-divergence, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity. or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability and/or who are neuro-divergent. To find out more about inclusivity at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority please visit our dedicated webpage.

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone, video or face to face. If you have any difficulty with the type of interview you are invited to, please inform the recruiting manager at your earliest convenience to enable them to consider an alternative solution.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, which is the salary stated above, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we are unfortunately unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has not been successful. We do however thank you for your application and encourage you to continue looking for roles on our Careers with Us website page.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.