Data, Impact and Evaluation Manager

Salary: £35,368 - 41,632 dependent on experience

We are looking for someone to lead our work on data, impact and evaluation as part of our growing team. You must be committed to our cause, ambitious for children and Challenge Partners, and restless for continuous improvement in all that you and we do. You will join us at an exciting time and have an important role to play in Challenge Partners' next phase of development as well as contributing to our mission to ensure every child receives a great education.

About Challenge Partners 

Who we are: Challenge Partners is a practitioner-led education charity that enables collaboration between schools to enhance the life chances of all children, especially the most disadvantaged. 

How we do it: The Challenge Partners central team works closely with school leaders and other education professionals to facilitate a variety of programmes and services for schools in our partnership. We ensure the knowledge and skills of the best in our network are available to everyone, reducing the variability in education provision whilst improving the performance of all schools, leaders, and pupils in the partnership. 

Our team: There are currently just under 20 people in our growing team. We are dedicated to working hard for our schools whilst enjoying what we do and who we work with. You will be working in a friendly and dynamic group who have backgrounds in education, the wider social enterprise and charity sector, and the corporate world. The majority of roles are school-facing, and team members work closely with leaders in our schools to generate and refine ideas and create maximum value for the network. 

Job purpose 

The purpose of the role is to enable Challenge Partners to make the best use of the rich data available to us about our schools, products and services. This means the role will have two primary areas of responsibility. The first will be developing the systems, processes to enable us to collect and analyse the data we can access on our schools. The second will be using this information to tell a story about the impact Challenge Partners has on schools, school leaders and students. We believe that impact should be at the heart of everything we do, and this role will play a key part in ensuring that we can maintain and continue to develop an impact-centric culture.

Key responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Communications and Engagement, the Data, Impact and Evaluation Manager will be responsible for:

  • Creating and implementing a data, impact and evaluation strategy across Challenge Partners, to include:
  • Articulating a vision and set of strategic aims
  • Ensuring that Challenge Partners has the right processes and systems in place for collecting, analysing and reporting data.
  • Ensuring that we can make effective use of insights generated through analysis of the data
  • Managing and maintaining our key data systems, including relationships with outsourced suppliers, to enable the execution of the strategy.
  • Leading on building a data and impact-aware culture at Challenge Partners.

Data, impact and evaluation strategy

  • Working with internal colleagues, MAT and school leaders, and trustees, establish a data, impact and evaluation strategy to support delivery of our mission and organisational strategy. The strategy should enable us to mobilise the knowledge and expertise within our Network of Excellence, drive continuous improvement, and ensure timely and accurate reporting
  • Work with colleagues, schools and external partners to ensure smooth delivery and continuous improvement of the strategy
  • Provide fit-for-purpose and timely reporting on Challenge Partners’ impact and activities to trustees, donors and other key stakeholders, including through our website and publications. Create processes and tools to enable this information to be updated and shared efficiently
  • Maintain positive relationships and manage contracts with our external suppliers of data, evaluation and system development services
  • Where necessary, run procurement exercises for new external suppliers of data, evaluation and system development services

Making effective use of data, evaluation and insights

  • Develop insightful reporting about our activities and our schools’ performance so that the central team, Senior Partners and Hub Managers are able to use data effectively in pursuit of our mission
  • Design and implement an approach to evaluation that enables us to measure impact and continuously improve our products and services
  • Ensure all management information is consistent and validated, is automated to the greatest extent, and comes from a single source where possible
  • Build capacity within the central team to improve their collection, analysis and use of data and evidence to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement   
  • Scan the horizon for emerging trends, issues and opportunities in the sector and beyond, and use these to ensure Challenge Partners remains ahead of the curve 
  • Using this information to tell a story about the impact Challenge Partners has on schools, schools leaders and students. 

Systems ownership and integration

  • Oversee the development of our Customer Relationship Management system (Salesforce) to enhance Challenge Partners’ operations, including automation of processes where appropriate
  • Oversee the development of our School Support Directory (SSD) to enable us to provide our partner schools with accurate and timely information via this platform
  • Map, establish and monitor protocols, processes (automated and manual) for the sharing and validation of data between Salesforce, the Schools Support Directory (SSD) and the finance system (Xero), working with external suppliers as necessary
  • Identify opportunities for systems integration and improvement. Project manage their implementation, working with external suppliers as necessary
  • Resolve minor issues within Salesforce and maintain systems changes documentation that is easy to understand for a third-party and ensures business continuity
  • Champion, develop and maintain a good data management culture, including documenting processes and preserving institutional knowledge, and ensuring all staff play their part in effective data management

Person Specification

Specific skills and experience: We are looking for an ambitious and driven individual able to play a leading role in the next stage of Challenge Partners’ development and growth. You will have:

  • Commitment to our vision, mission and values
  • Proven expertise in data management, evaluation and impact reporting
  • A sound understanding of the English education system, its challenges and opportunities
  • The ability to move between seamlessly between strategic thinking and operational delivery and contribute to both
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills, with the ability to form positive relationships with colleagues and school leaders from a range of backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to present complex data and processes simply and with impact

Salary: £35,368 - 41,632 dependent on experience

Benefits of working for Challenge Partners

  • 25 days of paid holiday per year
  • An employer contributed pension - matched up to 5% of your own contribution
  • Private healthcare
  • Flexible working hours
  • A supportive and friendly team
  • A chance to make a real difference to educational outcomes 

How to apply and our recruitment process

Challenge Partners is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. Applications are welcomed from individuals who would like to work part-time, job-share, flexibly or on secondment.

If you would like to be a part of our team, then please send the following no later than midnight on 10 July 2019 to

  • A CV of no more than two pages which includes your current salary
  • A statement of no more than two pages demonstrating how you meet the requirements of the role and the person specification

First interviews (telephone): 11 July 2019

Final interviews: 16 July 2019

Please state in your covering email whether you wish to apply full-time, part-time, job-share, flexible working or on secondment