Research and Evaluation Intern with EVOC


Location: Edinburgh
£8.75 per hour
Part-time for 6 months (28 hours p/wk – days negotiable)
Immediate Start
Closing date: 27 August 2018, 12 noon
Interview date: W/C 10 September 2018

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 2012-15. These objectives will be central to all potential developments, team and individual work plans.

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 our people
5. Being a high quality, effective and developing organisation

Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) is a Scotland-wide agenda of reform for both health and social care services 2011-2021. Initiatives include supporting a ‘shift in the balance of care’ away from institutions and acute services to services in the community, mainly for people over 65. In Edinburgh, this brought together City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, the Third Sector and Scottish Care (independent sector) to form the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (IJB).

EVOC has led on preventative investments in community capacity building and co-production, which has included a multi-year Prevention Innovation Fund (PIF) for fifteen Third Sector organisations, delivering services to contribute to the RCOP outcomes and wider outcomes for all adults with long term conditions and poorer mental health. Other older people’s work streams include day services, community transport and the wider contribution of Edinburgh’s 400 Third Sector organisations working with older people.

Local Opportunities for Older People (LOOPS) Hospital Discharge Support Programme is an Edinburgh-based initiative builds a coherent single interface for the Third Sector into the hospital environment, with the support of both Health and Social Care colleagues, and which will see the delivery of an end-to-end service to improve discharge efficiency and supports for older people.

The Role

Working as part of the Development Team, the successful intern will undertake key functions within these pieces of work:

• Prevention Investment Fund: analyse self-evaluation information from each of the Third Sector projects within the PIF, with the aim of generating a final report and presentation. This will identify a key set of learning points to inform feedback to the funder.
• Community Link Workers: working with the CLWs across organisations in Edinburgh and GPs, analyse data as to the impact of the programme.
• LOOPs: analyse data and monitoring/reporting from the Hospital Discharge Support team and community navigation projects across the city.
• Community Transport in Edinburgh: Community Transport services are provided by five large Third Sector transport providers and we are seeking to publish an analysis of unmet need in local communities.
• Third 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 third sector provision. Analysis of this data is required alongside development and delivery of an unmet needs analysis.
• Preventative impact return on investment analysis: to better understand the contribution of third sector providers to the bigger picture of providing services to local people.
• Compact Voice: support data collection and analysis of the annual survey of the size and scope of the third sector in Edinburgh.

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 Third Sector and statutory sector partners in liaison with the line



Specific knowledge and skills required include:
• 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 27th August 2018, 12 noon.

Interviews will be held on W/C 10th September 2018.

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.