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Evaluation & Research Specialist

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Youth Sport Trust
Loughborough, East Midlands, United Kingdom
20 days ago


Evaluation & Research Specialist

Part time circa 3 days per week

£35,000pa (pro rata)

Loughborough (including option for some home working)

As a research professional this is an exciting opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a real difference. For over 25 years The Youth Sport Trust has been using the power of sport to improve the lives of young people and now you can help us continue our vital work. This role will ensure the YST delivers objective, credible and informative evaluations and research in support of our mission to pioneer new ways of using sport to improve children’s wellbeing and give them a brighter future. In 2021 we were ranked as one of the best places to work in the UK by the Sunday Times ‘Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For’ too.

As an Evaluation & Research Specialist you will build, conduct and deliver creative evaluations and research across a range of projects and programmes for both in-house and external customers. As well as this, you will commission and manage external evaluators to deliver projects on our behalf. You will be responsible for ensuring that the YST is a leading source of high-quality evidence and help us demonstrate our impact, shape future programmes and influence the sector to bring about positive change for young people. 

This is a senior role in the team so we will be looking for strong project management skills and extensive experience of using primary and secondary research techniques and methodologies. You will have experience of effectively sourcing, summarising and presenting data, and you will be able to produce high quality research reports for a range of different audiences.  An understanding of research ethics, consent and data protection will be needed too. Highly organised, you will also possess strong analytical and communication skills as well as an eye for detail and the ability to build relationships. Experience of Social Impact evaluations, including Social Return on Investment methodologies, would be an advantage.

In return, you will have the opportunity to work on a range of exciting research projects, which help bring about positive change to young people’s lives.  There will be opportunities for training and personal development, and the chance to be involved in some of the YST’s events and programmes. The job offers a flexible mix of office and home working and a generous holiday allowance.

If you have the skills to support our work and share our passionate belief in the benefits of sport for young people, we would like to hear from you. 

Please go to our jobs page via the link and complete an online application.

The Youth Sport Trust believes that diversity drives excellence and that representation is important. The Youth Sport Trust therefore positively welcomes and seeks to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment. We encourage applications from all candidates regardless of age, race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality. 

Please note that this position is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check.

Closing date: 10am on 31 January 2022.

Interviews planned for 10 February 2022.

Registered charity number: 1086915

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60795349
  • Location:
    Loughborough, East Midlands, United Kingdom
  • Position Title: Evaluation & Research Specialist
  • Company Name: Youth Sport Trust
  • Job Function: Research

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