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Head of Evaluation and Research

Blue Octopus Recruitment Ltd
SE1 1LB, London (Greater)
£50,520 per year, rising to £51,468 per year after 1 year and successful probation
Closing date
19 Oct 2021

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Corporate Services, Homes and Asset Management, Project management
Head of services
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP
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Job Details

About the department

This role will be part of the corporate management team and will report directly into the CEO, but will work with teams across Hestia, including our Better Lives Forum which is led by service users. The Head of Research and Evaluation will be required to work across different teams and report to a range of managers and peers to test the approaches needed to achieve impact and improved outcomes for our beneficiaries. This role will work particularly closely with our Directors of Services, Director of Performance and Development and Director of External Engagement.

About the role

To ensure that Hestia is a learning organisation using research and evaluation to meet strategic objectives, service user needs and inform wider health and social care policy. You will be responsible for Leading on the commissioning, management and delivery of action research and evidence reviews of existing services across health and social care / mental health / modern slavery / domestic abuse / criminal justice systems, provision and pathways. These reviews will vary in size and scope and will be tailored to our areas of operation.

About you

  • Postgraduate-level qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Demonstrable experience and/or knowledge of overseeing evidence-based evaluations and action research and an understanding of systems level change and improvement
  • Proven experience of evaluating services and interventions, writing reports and briefings
  • Experience and /or knowledge of developing regular reporting and monitoring, including designing data definitions and use of automated reporting tools
  • Strong IT skills with the ability to use statistical packages and advanced Excel
  • Knowledge of the complex policy environments in which Hestia operates

What Hestia offers

  • Holiday allowance of 25 days/195 hours per annum plus 8 days/62.4 hours public holidays (pro rata) /
  • Company Pension
  • Learning and Development Opportunities 
  • Hestia Rewards 
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing support tools 

About Hestia

Hestia is a vibrant charity that has been supporting and empowering vulnerable adults and children since 1970. 

Please note

If offered a role with Hestia, you will be issued a conditional offer based on satisfactory references and an Enhanced disclosure/DBS check.

As provided for by the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (the "HSC Act"), all staff who work at or attend CQC registered care homes are required to be vaccinated against Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with an authorised vaccine as defined by the HSC Act (unless otherwise exempt) i.e. If your normal place of work will fall within the scope of this legislation OR You may be required to work from or attend a location which falls within the scope of this legislation from time to time in line with operational requirements.

This job description is subject to change depending on the needs of the service/department.

We recommend that you apply at your earliest convenience as we screen applications as they are received as well as interview and appoint suitable candidates on this basis (regardless of the closing date). We may also contact unsuccessful applicants regarding other suitable opportunities within Hestia.


Blue Octopus partners with employers from a multitude of different sectors and industries, using our next generation technology and recruitment expertise to help attract, engage and hire the best talent for their unique career opportunities. We know that having the right people in place is crucial to every business’ current and future successes, regardless of the area they operate in.

Over the last decade, our experience has allowed us to specialise in several sectors, including social housing.

Blue Octopus has a strong history of working with social housing providers to help them hire the best talent and improve their talent management processes. This experience, coupled with knowledge developed over time, has allowed us to fully understand both the market itself and the skills required within the sector. We understand that operating at a high standard, efficiently and cost-effectively, is vital for our clients in the Social Housing sector, who provide a much-needed service for their tenants.

Find Us
Octo House, 2 Station Road
West Yorkshire
LS21 3HX
United Kingdom
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