About the role
Are you impact-focused, ambitious and ready for a challenge?
Would you like to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable groups through impactful research and service design?
The Commissioning division within the Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture Directorate is driving change and innovation with a relentless focus on improving outcomes for the children, young people and families of Surrey. At the heart of what we aim to achieve is the ambition to develop a deeper understanding of our communities, the challenges they face, their strengths, assets and aspirations, so we can work with them to remove any obstacles and support the excellence that exists in Surrey.
In order to gain the understanding that is required to achieve our objectives, Commissioning has created the Analysis and Evaluation team. We work to provide commissioners with the knowledge they require to make informed, evidence-based decisions, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative data - we look at national/international best practice/trends and foster innovation to make sure Commissioning is always one step ahead of the game. There are a variety of exciting projects sitting within the team, dealing with issues in the areas of Health and Wellbeing, SEND, Corporate Parenting, Early Help, Social Care, Early Years, Education, Domestic Abuse and Support for Disabilities. In academic terms, our interests lie in the areas of Sociology, Heath, Education and Culture.
Analysis and Evaluation is currently looking for someone who can help us investigate the experience, perspectives, feedback and ambitions of our stakeholders in a systematic and robust way, and contextualise their findings in light of our quantitative trends. Our ideal candidate will have strong qualitative skills; however, the will also need to demonstrate at least basic quantitative skills, as the successful candidate will need to plan qualitative data collection and analysis also to follow up on findings from our quantitative data. Could this be you?
Our ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:
- Experience of designing mixed-methods/qualitative research.
- Ability to design, organise and deliver workshops/focus groups/interviews - experience with children, young people and vulnerable categories is particularly welcome but not a requirement.
- Ability to report on qualitative data - experience with CAQDAS is welcome but not a requirement.
- Basic quantitative skills, e.g. ability to create/interpret basic charts and identify potential lines of qualitative inquiry from quantitative data.
- Impact-oriented attitude.
Experience of working in/with the public or third sector, or an understanding of these areas, would be advantageous for this role.
You will possess good interpersonal skills and an ability to get on well with people at all different levels, both internal to the organisation and externally, to achieve the best outcomes for the children and young people of Surrey. We welcome experience in complex and fast-paced environments. You will be working with friendly and supportive colleagues who are committed to delivering excellent outcomes.
This role would be particularly suitable for a PhD student nearing completion who can demonstrate the above skills and experience, or to someone with equivalent and demonstrable work experience In a related role.
Does the above sound like you? We look forward to receiving your application!
Note sure about whether you should apply, or have any questions? Contact us for an informal discussion!
For an informal discussion contact Sara Dicerto by e-mail at email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 5th July 2020.
Interview date to be confirmed.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
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