Evaluation Manager

Recruiter
EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FOUNDATION
Location
London (Greater)
Posted
12 Apr 2018
Closes
14 May 2018
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Summary

Title: Evaluation Manager

Accountable to: Head of Evaluation

Salary: c. £40k per year, plus benefits

Location: Central London

Contract: Full time

Deadline: 5pm, May 7th, 2018

About the Education Endowment Foundation

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfill their potential and make the most of their talents. The EEF was set up in 2011 by The Sutton Trust, as lead charity in partnership with Impetus Trust (now part of Impetus–The Private Equity Foundation), with a £125m founding grant from the Department for Education. The EEF and Sutton Trust are, together, the government-designated What Works Centre for improving education outcomes for school-aged children.

The EEF offers grants to a wide range of organisations (schools, local authorities, universities and charities) to test new ways of improving the educational performance of 3-18 year olds; develop their essential life skills; and prepare them for the world of work and further study. All EEF projects are set up and run as rigorous trials, allowing us to build our understanding of what works in improving outcomes for children and young people. Ensuring this growing evidence base is put to good use and has real impact in nurseries, schools, colleges and other settings is a major priority for the EEF over the next five years.

Since its launch in 2011 the EEF has awarded funding to over 150 projects, reaching over 10,000 schools and 1m pupils.

Responsibilities

High quality evaluation is at the heart of the EEF’s work. Evaluation Managers play a key role in leading and managing evaluations of projects, commissioning high-quality, real-world evaluations using predominately randomised controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs in education settings (e.g. schools, nurseries, Further Education Colleges).

Evaluation Managers are the main source of expertise within the EEF on methodology, statistics, testing, and reporting findings from evaluations. Evaluation Managers work closely with the Programme Team to design appropriate evaluations of selected projects and also work closely with the Reporting and Toolkit team to ensure EEF reports are of a high quality. They also work with the International Team to advise international partners on robust evaluation approaches.

Main responsibilities

  • Critically review evaluation proposals to ensure proposed designs are robust, feasible, and cost-effective;
  • Manage the development of proposals so that evaluations result in secure and useful findings;
  • Monitor delivery of evaluation plans, contracts and budgets, providing support when problems arise;
  • Conduct technical reviews of trial protocols, statistical analysis plans and trial reports;
  • Work closely with colleagues to ensure that evaluation reports are accurate and accessible; and,
  • Develop and improve resources to clarify best practice and build the capacity of evaluators to conduct high quality research.

Other responsibilities

  • Contribute to the operational and strategic development of the EEF; and,
  • Undertake other duties which may from time to time be requested by the Head of Evaluation / Chief Executive / Deputy Chief Executive.

Person Specification

You will be joining a small and focused team. You will have a solid understanding of evaluation methodology, particularly robust designs such as randomised controlled trials, and are familiar with the UK education system. You will have strong project and relationship management skills.

To apply for this position you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience delivering or commissioning quantitative evaluation projects in education, health, or another related field;
  • Understanding of evaluation methodologies (randomised controlled trials, quasi experimental designs, sampling methods, outcome measurement etc.) and an ability to identify high quality evaluation plans;
  • Strong organisational and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • A flexible and pragmatic approach, with an ability to balance a commitment to rigour with accessibility and impact;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently with strong attention to detail;
  • Experience of working in a busy environment; and,
  • A genuine interest in the education sector and commitment to the aims of the EEF.

Desirable skills and experience include:

  • Experience of managing a range of research and evaluation projects and conducting relevant statistical analysis; and/or,
  • PhD or Masters in education or related fields.

How to Apply

Please either apply through the Guardian website or send a CV and covering letter by email via the button below. Your covering letter should be no more than two sides of A4 and should outline why you are interested in this position and how you meet the criteria above, drawing on specific examples.

The deadline for applications is 5pm May 7th, 2018. Initial interviews will be held in London in mid-May.

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