Senior Researcher in What Works for Children’s Social Care at London, England, United Kingdom

Website What Works for Children's Social Care

This listing is about What Works for Childrens Social Care in London, England, United Kingdom
in 2022

About the job

The What Works for Children’s Social Care is looking to recruit a Senior Researcher to work in our research team. This researcher will lead on designing and delivering feasibility pilots, and the implementation and process evaluations which accompany our quantitative impact evaluations. The Senior Researcher will also lead a small team of research associates and research assistants.

Among other responsibilities, the Senior Researcher role will include:

Design and lead pilot and implementation and process evaluation

  • Developing research questions and designing mixed methods implementation and process evaluations to accompany quantitative impact evaluations, as well as mixed method pilot evaluations to inform future impact evaluation.
  • Writing and/or quality assuring research protocols
  • Overseeing development of data collection materials including information sheets, consent forms, topic guides, and surveys
  • Leading and/or quality assuring participant recruitment and data collection using methodologies such as interviews, focus groups, observations and surveys
  • Undertaking and quality assuring analysis and reporting of qualitative data as well as descriptive analysis of survey and administrative data for pilots and IPEs.
  • Writing reports and accessible summaries of research findings, and presenting research findings to research and non-research audiences

Development and implementation of WWCSC qualitative standards

  • Working with the Director of Research and leadership team to develop WWCSCs qualitative research methods and processes
  • Provide support to our Programmes team to commission high quality pilot and implementation and process evaluations. This will include writing and assessing evaluation proposals, providing ongoing support to external researchers and quality assuring protocols and reports.
  • Advising on qualitative components of our Practice in Need of Evidence programme – Research design, delivery, analysis & reporting for qualitative pilot evaluations and implementation and process evaluations

Coordinating evidence synthesis work strand

  • Keep oversight of new publications and manage a pipeline of content for the Evidence Store.
  • Managing quality assurance process for systematic reviews & meta-analyses and Evidence Store entries
  • Coordinating plain English summaries to accompany Evidence Store entries

Line management & internal capacity building

  • Line management of 2-3 research associates and/or research assistants
  • Contributing to knowledge and understanding of qualitative research across the wider research team and other directorates within WWCSC, through guidance, training and quality assurance.
  • Setting direction for and undertaking quality assurance of qualitative and mixed methods pilot and IPEs.

Stakeholder relationships

  • Building and maintaining relationships with key external stakeholders including policy makers, senior leaders and practitioners within children’s social care, as well as academics and WWCSC’s stakeholder groups.
  • Engaging with the sector to support design and undertaking of research projects and to inform interpretation and dissemination of findings
  • Working closely with quantitative colleagues within the research team, as well as with colleagues in other directorates to facilitate the design, undertaking and dissemination of research. This includes WWCSC’s Programmes, Policy, Practice and Communications teams.

Project management

  • Overseeing a number of complex evaluations, ensuring these are delivered on time and to a high standard
  • Upholding research ethics and data protection standards within the research team, including ensuring projects meet the ethical standards set out in WWCSC’s research ethics framework and undergo review by the WWCSC research ethics committee.

Initial Terms and Conditions of Appointment

  • Remuneration: £36,975 – £48,200 pa dependent on experience, plus excellent benefits
  • Time Commitment: This is a full time role (37.5 hours a week)
  • Location: Central London. Occasional travel around England is a requirement of the post.
  • Term: Permanent

Other: This role reports to WWCSC’s Director of Research. This role is not a public appointment.

For a full job description and person specification, visit

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement outlining clearly how you meet the person specification criteria in the full job description to [email protected], citing “WWCSC Senior Researcher” in the subject of the email.

Deadline for applications: 12pm Friday 4th February

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 14th February.

Company: What Works for Children’s Social Care

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Job Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: N/A

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