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Director of Impact and Evaluation

Chance to Shine

Chance to Shine is a national charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. We believe that cricket can help to develop the personal, social and physical skills of the 600,000 children that we work with every year.

Posted
9 Sep 2022
Status
Contract - Fixed Term
Full Time
Location
England
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

Background

Chance to Shine is a national children’s charity. Our vision is for all young people to have the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. We have four outcomes we’d like to see for children, through taking part – to support their physical, personal, mental and social wellbeing. You can read more about this in our annual impact report.

Each year, 500,000 children take part in our free programmes. Through Chance to Shine school programmes, we work in 4,000 state primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales. Chance to Shine coaches make physical education fun – everyone is included, there is a focus on personal best and young people are given a voice to lead. We help teachers develop their confidence to continue playing cricket with their pupils. Chance to Shine Street takes cricket to areas where children have fewer opportunities to play and be active in their community.

There are 200 free Street projects nationally where children can play cricket weekly, all year round. Two thirds of young people live in the most deprived areas of England. Three quarters of young people were doing no extracurricular sport before joining Street. Chance to Shine Street coaches are role models – 90% of children we survey agree ‘I look up to my coach’.

As a charity, we need to understand who takes part in our programmes, understand whether we have a positive impact and where we can improve. This is the role of the Impact and Evaluation team. We carry out research with thousands of children, young people, teachers, coaches and families each year. We monitor Chance to Shine programme delivery closely. The Impact and Evaluation team supports Chance to Shine to make key decisions, improvements and a strong case for support for the charity.

Purpose of the Role

The purpose of this role is to lead the Impact and Evaluation department at Chance to Shine.

This is a Seven month fixed-term temporary role as the current Director of Impact and Evaluation will be Interim CEO maternity leave cover. Secondments are very much welcome. Ideally, we would like the person in this role to start in December but this can be discussed.

This role will be based at the Chance to Shine office in the Kia Oval with some flexibility for homeworking too.

Evidence based decision making is very important to the charity. The person in this role will be part of the senior management team - their role is to provide the checks, balance and scrutiny of our programmes to ensure we understand where they are working and where we could improve.

They will work collaboratively with the wider team to ensure the outcomes of the charity are front and centre in programme design and delivery, fundraising and communications. For example, in writing our annual impact report. The person in this role will be responsible for the research needed to understand, demonstrate and communicate our impact.

They will set the direction of our in-house research and evaluation processes, including managing two Senior Research Officers. They will be responsible for the monitoring of Chance to Shine programmes and reporting back to key partners. They will be responsible for gathering much of the insight needed to support our equity, diversity and inclusion strategy. This role does not require an understanding of cricket but does require an interest in supporting young people to develop their physical, personal, social and mental wellbeing.

Key Responsibilities and Relationships

Key responsibilities

1. Lead the Impact and Evaluation department

  • Develop, oversee and monitor Impact and Evaluation department plans
  • Manage two Senior Research Officers
  • Manage the Impact and Evaluation budget
  • Maintain an understanding of the evidence and insight needs from across the organisation
  • Support the use of evidence and insight across the organisation

2. Lead Chance to Shine’s research, insight and evaluation processes

The person in this role will both oversee the evidence needs of the charity and contribute to the collection, analysis and reporting of the work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee and develop evaluation frameworks and evidence plans
  • Oversee and carry out qualitative and quantitative research with children, young people, teachers, families, staff, delivery partners and coaches
  • Oversee and carry out literature reviews and synthesis of relevant national data e.g. Sport England’s Active Lives research, Department for Education data
  • Manage the relationship with external evaluators e.g. an upcoming independent evaluation of our work in schools in disadvantaged areas
  • Support the Communications department to develop case studies and share key messages about the charity e.g. work with colleagues to write the annual impact report
  • Support the Operations department to understand user feedback on programme design and delivery improvements
  • Support the Fundraising department to develop a case for support and report back to funders e.g. carry out a gap analysis to understand which areas of the country would benefit most from Chance to Shine

3. Lead Chance to Shine’s monitoring processes

The person in this role will both oversee the monitoring needs of the charity and contribute to the analysis of monitoring data.

Responsibilities include

  • Ensure the digital monitoring processes are fit for purpose and make improvements where needed e.g. take feedback and improve monitoring reports, oversee quality checks
  • Oversee and contribute to regular KPI reporting
  • Leads on understanding whether programmes are reaching the groups we seek to engage
  • Support the Operations department to make decisions from monitoring data

4. Lead or contribute to senior management team functions

  • Prepare papers and guidance for Chance to Shine’s Board of Trustees
  • Inform and contribute to strategic decision making across the organisation
  • Support the reporting on our equity, diversity and inclusion strategy
  • Maintain, develop and influence relationships with charity partners
  • Represent Chance to Shine at relevant stakeholder events and meetings


Skills, Knowledge & Personal Competencies

The person in this role should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A passion for improving children and young people’s lives
  • A broad knowledge of research methodologies e.g. pre/post programme evaluations, longitudinal research
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • able to interpret large data sets, clearly communicate findings and make recommendations
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate effectively with different audiences
  • Ability to manage a varied workload and prioritise effectively
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Enthusiasm to embrace Chance to Shine values: inspiring, ambitious, passionate, inclusive and fun

Experience & qualifications

Essential:

  • Significant experience in developing and overseeing research strategies and frameworks
  • Significant experience of carrying out research with people
  • Significant experience of data analysis - the person in this role does not need to be a quantitative expert but must have experience in running descriptive statistics.
  • Experience of influencing and using evidence to make recommendations, inform decision making or strategy
  • Experience of conveying complex information in an accessible manner

Desirable:

  • Experience of carrying out research with children, young people, families or teachers
  • Experience of carrying out research on social impact
  • Understanding of the sport for development sector

Benefits

- 25 days annual leave (with additional non-contractual time at Christmas when the office is closed)
- 8% non-contributory employer pension
- Private medical healthcare
- Employee health cash-back plan
- Long-term sickness insurance
- Life assurance - four times your annual basic salary
- Season ticket loan scheme
- Flexible working
- Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
- Generous sick pay
- Volunteering 2 days per year
- OpenBlend - an innovative coaching and performance management tool
- Employee Assistance Programme - 24/7 confidential access to expert services including counselling, wellbeing, and independent legal and financial advice
- Cycle 2 Work Scheme

About Chance to Shine

Chance to Shine is a national charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. We believe that cricket can help to develop the personal, social and physical skills of the 600,000 children that we work with every year.

Chance to Shine Schools programme has introduced five million state school children to cricket over the last 15 years. 88% of the teachers we surveyed agreed their pupils had developed their teamwork skills through taking part. 72% of the children we surveyed agreed “I feel confident when I play cricket”.

Chance to Shine Street was set up to reach young people in disadvantaged areas. Street is a fast, fun, free and exciting version of cricket requiring limited equipment. The programme engages more than 5,000 young people each year across 200 projects. 64% of our participants are from the most deprived areas of England and 75% are from ethnically diverse communities.


Additional Information

Status
Contract - Fixed Term
Full Time
Job Type
Charitable
Community
Sport
Cricket
Salary information
£50,000 - 56,000

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