Senior or Principal Research and Evaluation Advisor - Alliance for Useful Evidence
The Alliance for Useful Evidence is looking for an Advisor with expertise in impact evaluations and research relevant to practice and policy.
The Advisor will work with the Director and other colleagues in incubating a ground-breaking new evidence centre relevant to social care, children and families. The Advisor will assist in managing an external consortium of researchers; making sure that the synthesis of research and creation of new trials and evidence is useful for social workers, and meets the highest standards of evidence.
The Advisor will work three days a week on the evidence centre, and 2 days on core Alliance work.
Extensive knowledge of evaluation and social sciences methods, covering different research and evaluation designs, methods and data collection. You will need to be comfortable with a diversity of impact evaluation approaches, particularly: experimental and quasi-experimental designs; and research synthesis, such as systematic reviews and meta-analysis. A knowledge of cost-benefit analysis and economic approaches would be an advantage. You will need to be highly credible in your discussions with external partners on research and evaluation methodology.
You must be open-minded about different impact evaluation approaches and willing to be methodologically-plural, and not focused on one single way of doing evaluation.
Deep understanding of the UK social policy context. You must be highly credible in understanding the political and policy environment in the UK. A knowledge of children’s social care would be a distinct advantage.
Highly effective oral communicator with excellent public speaking and listening skills. You must have a strong empathy with your audiences and be able to ‘walk in their shoes’.
Excellent writing skills. You will be able to communicate complex research and evaluation findings to non-specialist audiences.
Diplomatic and highly-adept at managing relationships with stakeholders, including funders, professional bodies, academics, consultants and research organisations.
Experience of project management relating to research and evaluation projects, including managing budgets.
Experience of working in social care, or with social workers, or children, in a research, evaluation or practitioner role.
First-hand experience in successfully conducting impact evaluations that have made a difference. The Advisor must have a track record in carrying out evaluations relevant to social policy – and use this knowledge, skills and experience to advise others.
Track record of successfully winning external funding, including consultancy, evaluation tenders, research grants, or funding from foundations and grant-giving bodies.
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The closing date for completed applications is 23:45, Sunday 29 October.
1st Interviews will be held on Monday 6 November.
2nd Interviews will be held Monday 13 November.