We are recruiting a Research and Evaluation Consultant

16 August, 2019

The National Saturday Club are seeking to appoint a Research and Evaluation Consultant who will work with the Trust over a 2-year period to evaluate the impact of our education programme, develop new approaches and action research whilst simultaneously maintaining the data sets we have gathered since 2012.

Position: Research and Evaluation Consultant
Location: Based in London with a requirement to travel across England and Wales for the purpose of the role
Job Type: Consultancy
Hours: Part-time to be agreed in discussion with the Trust
Budget: Approximately £30k for 2 years
Closing Date: 12 September
Interview Date: Week commencing 16 September


We believe that every 13-16 year old should have the opportunity to study subjects they love on Saturdays at their local university, college or cultural institution. Over the past 10 years, more than 8,000 young people have chosen to be part of the National Saturday Club’s unique combination of local classes and national events which spark their imagination and raise their aspiration.

The size of the National Saturday Club has quadrupled over the last 6 years. There are currently 78 Clubs in 58 locations across the UK, and more than 1,600 young people receiving up to 90 hours of expert tuition across the academic year. Over the next three years the Trust is looking to grow and expand the number of National Saturday Clubs to ensure that even more young people are reached, particularly those 13-16 year olds who will benefit most from the programme.

The National Saturday Club network uses a unique and innovative educational approach that generates positive outcomes for young people, widens their participation in the creative industries and in HE/FE and introduces them to future career opportunities. We want to increase participation in this network through generating new strategies for recruitment and new partnerships to support local delivery.

The National Saturday Club has been awarded a More and Better grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to build on our impact to date and this role will be aligned to this work. The National Saturday Club is also funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Eduaction as part of their children and young people strategy, aiming to deliver quality art and cultural education across England.

Evaluation and Learning

We have been evaluating the impact of the National Saturday Club since 2012 and much learning has accrued. We are committed to developing our approach to evaluation alongside our development of new approaches to reaching young people, growing the network and better understanding its impact.

We require the support of an external research and evaluation consultant(s) who can support the programme across a two year period. We would like to work with the consultant to refine our evaluation approach, pilot new approaches to evaluation and plan for the implementation of a new learning and evaluation framework for October/November 2019/20. This would be revised at the end of that academic year and refined for the 2020/21 academic year. We would like to develop measures that are embedded in programme delivery so that evaluation becomes formative and not summative.

The role needs to provide a range of support including:

∙ Capacity building:
– Maintaining and developing the data sets established since 2012
– Formulating tools and methods of data gathering (eg, case study templates, scripts for round table    discussions, surveys, evaluation forms) – and developing confidence and skills in their use;
– Running and delivering the self evaluation process with data collection, analysis and interpretation;
– Building on and further developing the evaluation framework for the long term

∙ Carrying out primary research to bring an external perspective – this is likely to include the facilitation of regular reflection meetings, interviews with partners, young people, tutors, parents and HE/FE organisations.

∙ Report writing – interim and final reports, case studies, overview documents for internal partners and external partners and wider stakeholders

∙ Support with evaluation and impact dissemination – advising on methods of documentation that will work with a breadth of different audiences.

∙ Acting as a critical friend to the team encouraging reflection and interacting in an iterative way so as to inform the project;

∙ Working closely with the Trust and the staff team

You will be:

∙ An experienced facilitator / evaluator;

∙ An exceptional communicator with strong questioning and listening skills;

∙ Able to assimilate information quickly and extract trends and patterns;

∙ Knowledge of interactive and iterative approaches to evaluation;

∙ Able to work with young people;

∙ A knowledge and understanding of the UK secondary school and HE/FE education sectors

∙ A knowledge and understanding of the UK creative industries

∙ Willing to work flexibly and to adapt to the needs of the programme;

∙ Knowledge of arts, design and creative participation models and outreach programmes

Our budget is approximately £30,000 which must be inclusive of VAT and all expenses over the 2 year period.

How to apply:

The Saturday Club Trust has developed a brief for potential consultants to respond to. To request the brief and application pack please contact Gemma Scott: gemma@saturday-club.org Full details of the application process are included in the brief.

Your proposal should be submitted by email to Gemma Scott by 12noon on Thursday 12 September. Shortlisted candidate will be invited to interview the w/c 16 Sept. The Trust are looking for a consultant to ideally commence work October 2019.

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