Research and Evaluation Intern (Children, Young People and Families Network) with EVOC

Location: Edinburgh 

£8.75 per hour 
Part-time, 28hr/w, for 6 months with potential for extension 
Immediate start 
Closing date: 21 May 2018, 12 noon 
Interview date: 31 May 2018 

About the Company
Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council’s (EVOC) purpose is to support, promote, develop and represent the Third Sector. They play a key role in supporting pioneering, new and innovative ways of working for Third Sector organisations and community groups that work in Edinburgh. EVOC actively promotes, participates in and contributes to partnership working between the voluntary, public, private and community sectors at a local and national level.   

EVOC has set 5 strategic objectives 2016-2019. These objectives will be central to all potential developments, team and individual work plans. The post holder will work as part of the Development Team to contribute to the delivery of EVOC’s strategic objectives. 

1. Consulting, supporting and representing the Sector 
2. Building the capacity of and developing the Sector 
3. Developing partnership approaches, principles and practice 
4. Providing improved services by supporting and developing EVOC’s people 
5. Being a high quality, effective and developing organisation  

EVOC’s Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) Network comprises of 64 voluntary sector organisations and meets on a monthly basis. Members of the Network represent the voluntary sector on the following strategic groups: Edinburgh Children’s Partnership, Local Integrated Children’s Services Management Groups and the Child Protection Committee and associated sub-committees. 
The Edinburgh Children’s Partnership directs the strategic planning, development and delivery of children and young people’s services on behalf of the Edinburgh Partnership. It is responsible for coordinating delivery of the Children’s Services Plan (2017-2020) and for coordinating delivery of children and young people related outcomes within Locality Improvement Plans (2017-2022) in the city. The Partnership comprises representatives from City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), the voluntary sector (through EVOC), NHS Lothian (NHS), Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA), Police Scotland and Edinburgh College. 
Note 1: Strategic Outcome Focus Groups were established by the Partnership to support delivery of the 5 outcomes within the Children’s Services Plan. 
Note 2: Integrated Children’s Services Management Groups oversee delivery of services in each of the four Edinburgh localities

The Role 

Working as part of a small team with CYPF's Development Worker and Senior Development Officer, the intern will carry out two key functions: 

• Creating a CYPF Network data collection system. Identify data to be collected from the 64 CYPF Network members for representing and developing the sector: devise annual timetable, system, tools and database for data capture. This will involve collaboration with Network members, the Scottish network of Third Sector Interfaces and other stakeholders to find the best solution. Data collected will inform the analysis of impact against established outcomes and learning from the work. 

• Analysing data to support partnership approaches: identify data required to inform new partnership approaches, investigate sources and obtain data, carry out analysis and present findings in relevant form. For example, two areas of children’s services where the CYPF Network is currently engaged in new partnership approaches are family support and decreasing the poverty-related attainment gap through the pupil equity fund
The work may involve dialogue with children, young people and families in Edinburgh in order to listen to their views and with all relevant stakeholders across Scotland who can advise of best practice. 
Main responsibilities will include: 

• Create, develop and sustain positive relationships with individuals and organisations 
• Develop and deliver a CYPF Network data collection system 
• Develop and deliver in partnership with CYPF Network members, City of Edinburgh Council Officers and other partners, relevant research, analysis and presentation of data 


This role would suit a graduate with an interest in social studies and social research. You should be able to demonstrate strong research skills and analysis and knowledge of ethical research procedures.    

Specific knowledge and skills required include:  

• An understanding and knowledge of monitoring and evaluation principles and techniques with a focus on outcomes 
• Understanding and knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research skills 
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes, statistical software and tools for data capture and analysis
• Communication and presentation skills (reports, presentations etc.) 
• Collaboration and partnership skills 
• Analytical skills 
• Planning and work management skills, including the ability to work independently to an agreed work plan 

Closing date for applications is 21 May 2018, 12 noon. 
Please submit a CV and covering letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State A) your availability and B) relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job specifications. We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated. 
Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.