Research Assistant

12-month Fixed Term Contract
(opportunity to extend)

Immediate start available
6-week probation period

Circa £9,600 – 15 hours per week
(£23,000 full-time equivalent)

Responsible to: Director of ADS
Accountable to: Director of ADS

Home-based (UK) with occasional travel to sites if required

Research assistant

Associate Development Solutions is a small, independent organisation, providing a broad range of services in consulting, currently mainly focused on mental health, service development, leadership, and research. Our digital arm, ThinkingThrough… provides therapy and coaching, and we also will be developing, with young people, our social enterprise, Parlez! (currently the Midlands Young Advisors). We undertake research for work commissioned from us, and across our programmes.

Our core values include treating people well, honesty, integrity and creating client-focused solutions, and we believe in, and live, inclusion and diversity. Our overall purpose is:

Empowering and inspiring every person and organisation to realise their full potential and to have a better life. Together we will make change for the better.”

Having worked with our team on our vision, and getting the right people with the right skills, we have recognised that to progress we need someone with research skills. Our focus over the next five years will be on growing our business, and that is where you come in, to help our staff to undertake research.

What you can expect from us

  • A supportive working environment, with a collaborative team
  • An established remote-working team – we have been doing this for over 10 years
  • 28 days paid holiday including bank holidays (pro rota) and an extra day off for your birthday
  • Regular one-to-ones to support your work

Your responsibilities

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and apply research and evaluation methodology within identified research projects and to work alongside the Research and Evaluation lead to deliver agreed outcomes and project activities
  • Prepare for data collection: scheduling interviews/focus groups, organizing the distribution of surveys, co-ordinating work schedules between staff and participants to facilitate data collection
  • Undertake data collection: conduct interviews, conduct focus groups, administer, and collect surveys
  • Undertake literature search for relevant studies
  • Type up interview notes/ collect transcribed interviews from the transcriber, organise and store them
  • Prepare data for analysis, this includes entering data into Excel/SPSS, cleaning the data
  • Undertake quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Assist with administration of research plans as necessary, ensuring that records and files are kept up to date

What we need from you

  • Relevant professional qualification and/or degree level qualification in a relevant field
  • Evidence of study at a post-graduate level
  • Data analysis training e.g., SPSS and/or qualitative analysis
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Some experience in social care, health or education in which children’s emotional well-being/mental health/behaviour or mental health for older age groups is a key element of the core business
  • Experience of consultation with Key stakeholders in the context of Health, Social Services, Education, or the Voluntary sector
  • Knowledge of working within ‘disadvantaged/ socially-excluded’ field and experience of promoting the inclusion of children and adolescents and/or vulnerable adults within one of the mainstream settings
  • Excellent IT skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Friendly and flexible
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to prioritise work
  • To collaborate with our subject experts to support all our work
  • Passionate about the opportunities we offer
  • Be an ambassador for our company in all that you do

Application process

Before you apply, please read the full job description.

Interviews will be held on 20th January 2022.

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