Research Officer

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E8 2DJ, London (Greater)
£16,200 for 22.2 hours/week
20 Aug 2019
20 Sep 2019
Part Time
Contract Type

Our  client's Research Department plays a key role in ensuring that they routinely measure outcomes and impact and that all our work is evidence based and reflects best current knowledge from international research on children with vision impairment.

If you are a self-starter, team player, enthusiastic, energetic, can demonstrate our values of Trust, Energy, Ambition and Motivation, and passionate about providing important research to support their services they want to hear from you. 

Email your CV and supporting statement by noon on 6 September 2019.  Interviews will be held on 17 & 18 September 2019.

Role Overview:

This role reflects their continuing commitment to evidence based practice across all services to help to ensure that high quality research evidence informs and enhances all aspects of service delivery including shaping their theory of change; increasing the knowledge and expertise of front line staff; measuring outcomes and demonstrating impact; contributing to high quality funding applications. 

Primary Objective
To undertake evaluations or research that supports the development and impact of their services as defined within their strategic plan (available on request).  

Key Tasks and Main Duties
•    Analyse data collected by front line staff using Excel and, where appropriate, other data analysis tools
•    Prepare evaluation and research reports for internal and external audiences
that address: outcomes and impact for children and young people, what works in respect of service delivery, areas for improvement and recommendations.
•    Undertake discrete ‘snapshot’ surveys using appropriate sampling techniques
•    Design, test and implement new or improved methods of data collection
•    Carry out reviews of published (peer reviewed) and ‘grey’ literature
•    Assist with training and development of frontline staff, particularly in respect of data collection; assembling case studies; understanding key messages from research.  
•    Prepare internal staff briefing documents that summarise key messages from the research department, externally conducted research and government policy initiatives.   

Person Specification

•    Degree (BA/BSc) in social science discipline that includes data collection and data analysis
•    Higher degree or equivalent in a relevant subject 
•    Principles underpinning social research
•    Relevance, strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative methods
•    The methods and procedures commonly used in social research
•    The criteria to be used when assessing the quality of published research
•    Strengths and limitation of the main approaches used in data collection: telephone surveys; face to face interviews; direct observation; pre and post intervention questionnaires.
•    Experience of conducting evaluations and research, analysing data and producing reports using social research in applied settings, for example, health, education or social care.
•    Experience of involving children and/or disabled people/and or families in research either as co researchers or as research participants

Essential Skills:
•    Conducting interviews by telephone and/or face-to-face
•    Writing reports in clear, concise and grammatically correct language 
•    Evaluating the quality of published research 
•    Summarising research findings in plain English 
•    Organising data; planning data analysis (to address specific research questions) 
•    Analysing numerical data using Excel  
•    Writing detailed personal narratives/case studies
•    Making oral presentations using Power Point where appropriate.
•    Working collaboratively with other departments to achieve continuous improvement in our service delivery

The Society is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Therefore all posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service and 2 satisfactory professional references.

Salary: £16,200 for 22.2 hours/week

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