Research and Evaluation Internship with EVOC


Location: Edinburgh
£9.00 per hour
Part-Time, 28 hr/w, (Days negotiable) for 6 months with potential for extension
Immediate start
Closing date: 19 August 2019, 12 noon
Interviews will be held during the afternoon of Tues 27 August

About the Company

"Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council’s (EVOC) purpose is to support, promote, develop and represent the third sector. We 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 for 2016-2019. These objectives will be central to all potential developments, team and individual work plans.

• Consulting, supporting and representing the Sector
• Building the capacity of and developing the Sector
• Developing partnership approaches, principles and practice
• Providing improved services by supporting and developing our people
• Being a high quality, effective and developing organisation


About the Role

The Research and Evaluation Intern will be managed by the EVOC Deputy Chief Executive and through him will be accountable to the EVOC Chief Executive and Management Board.

The post holder will work to contribute to the delivery of EVOC’s strategic objectives.

Project Context

The ways in which health and social care services are planned and delivered is evolving. Funded by the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (IJB), this post seeks to support the work of programmes and staff within EVOC to improve analysis through good quality research and evaluation.

Investment in preventative services from the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership continues and work to provide evaluation and research for this area is ongoing. Similarly, in children’s services and other community services there are numbers of areas of work where a learning approach lends itself to being supported by analysis brought by this post holder.


Job Role and Work Plan

The worker will undertake key functions within these pieces of work:

• Community Link Workers: There are now 19 Primary Care Community Link Workers across nine voluntary sector organisations in Edinburgh. Their role is to work with GPs and Primary Care teams to provide a bridging service between community-based assets/services/activities and the medical model of care. Working with the CLWs across organisations in Edinburgh and GPs, analyse data as to the impact of the programme;
• Voluntary sector analysis of capacity and demand: as part of our work to contribute to the development of Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership’s plan for older people’s services, we are surveying the availability, demand and sustainability of voluntary sector provision. Analysis of this data is required alongside development and delivery of an unmet needs analysis;
• Children and Families Services: research support to EVOC’s children & families workstream around the value of prevention and early intervention;
• Compact Voice: support data collection and analysis of the annual survey of the size and scope of the voluntary sector in Edinburgh;
• Capacity Building Support: research into the effectiveness and scope of the support EVOC offers to voluntary organisations.

This work shall include participation in appropriate briefings and meetings with all stakeholders involved in planning and delivering services for people in Edinburgh. Further work is also likely to emerge during the internship.


Main responsibilities

• Create, develop and sustain positive relationships with individuals and organisations;
• Develop and deliver an evaluation analysis scheme to be used across projects, focussing on both impact against established outcomes and learning from the work;
• Develop and deliver in partnership with NHS Lothian and City of Edinburgh Council Officers, relevant research, analysis and presentation of data;
• Contribute to the collection, collation and development of accurate, current and relevant resources, information and materials to support the work of identified projects and EVOC and which may improve future project reporting;
• Contribute to wider partnership working between EVOC, the Voluntary sector and statutory sector partners in liaison with the line manager.



The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level with a strong focus on research, analysis and evaluation. Candidates from any degree background will be considered.

You should be able to demonstrate the following specific knowledge and skills:

• An understanding and knowledge of monitoring and evaluation principles and techniques with an outcomes focus
• Understanding and knowledge of research skills
• Ability to plan ahead and provide online resources to ensure the sustainability of the outputs from the project
• Communication and presentation skills (reports, presentations etc.)
• Analytical skills
• Planning and work management skills, including ability to work independently to an agreed work plan



Closing date for applications is 19 August 2019, 12 noon.

Interviews will be held during the afternoon of Monday 26 August.

Please submit a CV and tailored Cover Letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. Examples of what we expect in an application can be found HERE. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date.

State A) your availability and B) relevant experience and demonstrate how your skills match the specific requirements of the job description.

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.