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Are you a collaborative, analytical and driven individual with a proven track record of leading randomised controlled trials? Are you passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and their families?

If so, Nesta has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Researcher to work in our newly established research team at the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care, where you will focus on our programme of work on randomised controlled trials in children’s social care, evaluating programmes both within individual local authorities and across local authorities.

About Nesta and the What Works Centre (WWC)

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society. Nesta is based in the UK and supported by a financial endowment. We work with partners around the globe to bring bold ideas to life to change the world for good.

Every year, more than 700,000 children and young people, and their families, in England have contact with the children’s social care sector. However, changes in how the sector supports these children and their families can have hugely significant effects that resonate throughout entire lifetimes. The WWC’s mission is to make a difference to the lives of these children and their families by collecting the best evidence on what we already know, work with the sector to prioritise the many questions that remain unanswered, fund research, and determine how best to make evidence relevant and accessible to decision makers.

About this key role

You will lead a small team of researchers that will oversee the WWC’s programme of work to understand how best to support social workers and young people in contact with the care system, from the point of contact and referral, all the way through to foster care and adoption. You will also be expected to:

  • Conduct data analysis to help identify the impact of interventions in children’s social care
  • Develop and assist with the leadership of randomised controlled trials in children’s social care
  • Work with partner organisations to build capacity in analysis and randomised controlled trials, through collaborative working and through training
  • Work with our Programmes team to advise colleagues at the WWC and in external partners on evaluation

What we are looking for

With a high level of expertise in analysing quantitative data for impact evaluation, you will have proven experience conducting quantitative evaluations in settings relevant to children’s social care, and of working in a research organisation and working creatively to overcome statistical challenges.

An outstanding communicator, you will have a high level of competence in Stata or R and familiarity with econometric techniques used in evaluation, including power calculations and matching. Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, plus the ability to work at a fast pace and to tight deadlines, are also vital.

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement outlining clearly how you would succeed in the role to [email protected], citing “WWC Senior Researcher” in the Subject of the email.

Closing date: 3 June 2019 (10:00am)

First interviews will be held w/c 10 June 2019.