Research and Evaluation Intern with Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council

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

Location: Edinburgh
£7.85 per hour, 28 hours per week
Start date: July to November 2015

Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) is a Scotland-wide agenda of reform for both health and social care services 2011-2021. Investment in the form of a Change Fund was made available from Scottish Government for four years from 2011. Aims of both initiatives include supporting a ‘shift in the balance of care’ away from institutions and acute services to services in the community. In Edinburgh this brought together City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, the Third Sector and Scottish Care (independent sector) to form a Change Fund Partnership.

EVOC has led on Change Fund investment in community capacity building and co-production, which has included a multi-year Innovation Fund for twenty Third Sector organisations, delivering services to contribute to the RCOP outcomes. Other work streams include Community Connecting, community transport and the wider contribution of Edinburgh’s 400 Third Sector organisations working with older people.

With the end of the Change Fund in 2015, investment in revised projects now continues through the Integrated Care Fund – which funds this post.

Local Opportunities for Older People (LOOPS) is an Edinburgh-based initiative which aims to strengthen cross-sector working and improved signposting of socially isolated, at-risk and vulnerable older people within locality focussed networks and through locality pilot projects.

EVOC works in close partnership with Pilmeny Development Project (PDP) and City of Edinburgh Council on the development and delivery of the LOOPs Networks which derives a range of outcomes from the Commissioning Plan for Day Care Services (2012-17). LOOPs Projects are delivered by Volunteer Centre Edinburgh, Health in Mind as well as PDP.

Main Tasks to be Performed:
• 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;
• Contribute to the collection, collation and development of accurate, current and relevant resources, information and materials to support the work of Integrated Care Fund projects and EVOC and which will improve future project reporting;
• Contribute to wider partnership working between EVOC, the Third Sector and statutory sector partners in liaison with the line manager.


The ideal applicant will have with a background in Statistics/Mathematics/Geography/ Psychology or any other academic discipline where research and evaluation play a large part of the course.  

You will be able to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of monitoring and evaluation principles and techniques with an outcomes focus, as part of your research skills. You will have the ability to plan your work and utilise online resources to ensure the sustainability of the outputs from the project, and the timely delivery of reports. You will have excellent communication and presentation skills. You will be able to collaborate as part of a team, and be comfortable working in partnership with a range of stakeholders, as well as having the ability to work independently to an agreed work plan. Finally, you will be able to demonstrate excellent analytical skills.


Closing date for applications is 22 June 2015 at 5pm.

Interviews to take place on Monday 29th June 2015.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. State a. your availability and b. How you meet the requirements of the job specification. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.



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