£28,000-£30,000, Central London, full time, reporting to the Research Manager. We encourage early applications and may choose to appoint from Mon 8 July onwards.

In a world with more information than ever it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not. Bad information, whether used deliberately or accidentally, leads to bad choices and real harm to people and communities. That’s true for choices about money, democracy, and even health: this year the World Health Organisation declared vaccine hesitancy one of the top ten threats to global health.

This is an opportunity for a researcher to play a pivotal role in tackling the causes and consequences of bad information by helping fact checkers worldwide to understand, use, and start to improve the evidence base around our work. You will engage with a wide range of subjects, disciplines, and methods, and your work will have significant real-world impact.

You will work with our Research Manager and international colleagues to produce a series of briefings on this evidence base aimed both at providing direct practical benefits to help fact checkers become more effective, and at understanding the current state of the evidence and its gaps to inform future research programmes.

You will be discovering, assessing, explaining, and eventually building on ground-breaking research about how information flows; how people process it; how powerful people and institutions respond to external challenge; and what kinds of interventions can help fight the causes and consequences of bad information.

The briefings will be aimed at fact checkers and other practitioners tackling misinformation and disinformation, at stakeholders such as the internet companies, and at policy makers around the world.

Understanding and increasing our effectiveness is a critical part of Full Fact’s plans. Building on these briefings, we’re looking for someone who will be able to propose, design, and do specific research and evaluation to support our editorial, communications, web, and technology teams—you might end up helping with message testing our communications or evaluating the impact of our content on our audiences.

The global fact checking movement is still relatively young and we have a long way still to go. Three leading fact checkers have come together to do a joint research project: Africa Check, which works in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa, and coordinates AfricaFacts; Chequeado which works in Argentina and coordinates LatamChequea; and Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact checking charity. The project is funded by Luminate and overseen by an independent advisory board and the briefings you produce will contribute to this project.

If you are interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills, please do apply. We are open both to supporting learning on the job and to rearranging tasks within the team to suit the skillsets of the best applicant. We are happy to talk flexible working and we are open to job share applications for this role.

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What we offer

  • Starting salary of up to £30,000 plus pension depending on experience (based on someone working full time in London)
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays. We also close the office for a period between Christmas and New Year.
  • Comfortable and attractive office by St James Park and Piccadilly with good transport links.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for education and training.

How to apply

Please apply by 9am on Friday 12 July. We encourage early applications and may choose to appoint from Mon 8 July onwards.

Africa Check, Chequeado, and Full Fact recently published a joint post setting out our approach to our work. It will help you understand the breadth of the research we are interested in: https://fullfact.org/blog/2019/jun/how-fact-checking-works/.

If you would like to learn more about the job, we have put together some case studies that may help you. You may also like to read a profile of Full Fact in Wired (2018), or earlier ones in the Guardian (2017), the FT (2016), and the Telegraph (2015).

Please email the Research Manager, Amy Sippitt, on jobs@fullfact.org in confidence with a CV and a covering letter.

We prefer to sift applications anonymously. Please use your initials rather than your name and leave identifying details such as email addresses off your CV and covering letter.

 

Job definition: Researcher

You will be responsible for producing a series of briefings on what existing research and evidence can tell us how to tackle misinformation and disinformation effectively. You help Full Fact’s team and other fact checkers around the world become more effective by turning rigorous research into decision-ready information, by working with colleagues to ensure that research findings are applied in our daily work, and by supporting research in Full Fact. You uphold the highest standards of accuracy and fairness in our work.

Outcomes

  • Produce authoritative practical guides to agreed areas of research that can inform fact checkers’ work, in collaboration with Africa Check and Chequeado
  • By the seventh GlobalFact conference of the International Fact Checking Network (June 2020) work with our team and partners to ensure that we are ready to share an overview of the current research base with both useful practical lessons and suggestions for future research which will be valuable to fact checking organisations from many countries at different stages
  • Work with Full Fact’s Research Manager to –
    • Maintain a database of research relevant to reducing harm from bad information
    • Produce regular research summaries in formats that will be useful to busy fact checkers at Full Fact and others worldwide who working to fight the causes and consequences of bad information
    • Identify research gaps and opportunities to fill them
  • Help Full Fact increase our effectiveness by advising on and assisting other teams with research and evaluation methods, and by proposing and doing research yourself

What we’re looking for from you

  • Proven understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, probably demonstrated through a relevant degree or other qualification, and certainly by relevant professional experience such as in a research consultancy or a charity research role
  • Excellent analytical skills including the ability to critically assess quantitative and qualitative research methods and results
  • Proven ability to distil complex research into decision-ready information with an audience-appropriate level of detail
  • Ability to relate research findings to the organisation’s, teams’, and colleagues’ goals and win the support of colleagues for applying research findings
  • Ability to appraise a range of evidence and reach a balanced conclusion on how the evidence should be used
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, including to audiences of very able people who may not have English as their first language
  • Proven ability or clear potential to deliver complex work at pace
  • Bonus: professional working proficiency or full professional proficiency in another language, particularly Spanish or French

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