Research Associate, Evaluation and Learning

Location: Toronto, ON

Employment status: Full-time

Role Description

Blueprint is a non-profit research organization dedicated to improving the social and economic well-being of Canadians by helping solve complex public policy challenges. We are seeking to hire a skilled researcher to join our team of researchers who will be evaluating pilot projects supported by the Future Skills Centre. The Future Skills Centre is a ground breaking, multi-year, pan-Canadian initiative to develop and rigorously test approaches to help Canadians succeed in a rapidly changing economy. This initiative is an unprecedented opportunity to generate evidence about what works for whom to strengthen Canada’s skills development ecosystem. Click here to learn more about our evaluation approach.

In addition to participating on the Future Skills Centre pilot evaluation team, the chosen candidate will have an opportunity to support our broader work in evaluation and learning including projects addressing issues faced by youth at risk, newcomers, and Indigenous people.

The evaluation team at Blueprint brings a deep curiosity and commitment to learning what works, along with an interdisciplinary, team-oriented approach to building evidence about our most pressing social challenges.

The specific responsibilities of the position include:

  • Design evaluation frameworks aligned with project objectives and requirements
  • Develop data collection plans and data analysis strategies to answer key evaluation questions
  • Create and test data collection instruments and protocols
  • Work with clients and partners to co-design and implement evaluation activities, including training and technical assistance
  • Monitor data collection activities and conduct data quality assurance
  • Support quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis of evaluation results
  • Prepare briefs, memos, and training materials to support effective communication with clients
  • Support and lead development of reports and presentations for a range of expert and general audiences to share evaluation findings
  • Assist with project coordination activities including developing project work plans and monitoring completion of tasks


  • Expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods data collection, analysis, and research design
  • Strong motivation and commitment to research excellence, generating new ideas, exchanging and mobilizing knowledge, and continuous improvement
  • Ability to work effectively in the face of complexity or uncertainty, identify and manage risks, and act to address issues when necessary
  • Outstanding organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail
  • Ability to set priorities and organize work flow under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of a team to accomplish project tasks and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, with a strong ability to convey complex ideas and information to non-technical audiences
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Graduate degree in public administration, sociology, psychology, economics, political science, population health, or related field is highly desired
  • Academic or job-related experience conducting evaluations of social programs is highly desired

Application deadline: July 26, 2019

Salary: Blueprint offers competitive salaries that are commensurate with candidates’ qualifications, as well as an employee benefits package.

How to apply

Blueprint strongly values workplace diversity, and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that incorporates a wide range of perspectives and experiences to build more innovative and impactful solutions to issues faced by Canadians every day. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and those who may need accommodation to apply to join our team.

Please send your cover letter and resume or CV by email to Due to the expected volume of responses, only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.