Seeking an independent evaluator to work alongside the project team to design, implement and carry out the project evaluation
Independent Evaluator: Financial Capability for Young People in Transition Project
Job title: Independent Evaluator (“the Evaluator”)
Recruiter: The National Skills Academy for Financial Services (“The Skills Academy”)
Closing Date: 24/03/2017
Description: Seeking an independent evaluator to work alongside the project team to design, implement and carry out the project evaluation, including an end of project evaluation report.
Who we are:
The National Skills Academy for Financial Services (“the Skills Academy”) is an employer-led charity working with the UK Financial Services Industry. The mission of the Skills Academy is:
- To help people, particularly from disadvantaged communities, to secure employment in the financial services sector.
- To contribute to the improvement of the diversity of the workforce in the financial services sector.
- To support skills development in the financial services sector.
- To improve the financial capability of the wider UK population.
Financial Capability for Young People in Transition Project
The project aims to improve the financial capability of young people aged 16-24 at key transition points, such as starting work or living independently, through the creation of learning resources for use by young people and the delivery of accredited training for the youth practitioners that support them.
The project will comprise the following key activities:
- Development of course and training materials for a new qualification aimed at enabling youth practitioners to develop the skills to help improve the financial capability of 16-24 year olds.
- Development of resources for youth practitioners to use with the 16-24 year olds they work with or support.
- Delivery of financial capability training to 200 youth practitioners using the new qualification’s course materials.
Project Evaluation and Approach
The Youth Transition project aims to test the following research question:
‘To what extent do financial capability resources and accredited training for Youth Practitioners, cocreated with young adults and youth practitioners, help support young people to manage their finances and make effective financial decisions at key transition points, such as starting work or living independently?’ The purpose of the project evaluation is to explore how the youth practitioners have used their
training and qualification to support the young people they work with and to measure the impact this has had on helping the young people to manage their finances and make effective financial decisions at key transition points.
A Theory of Change has been developed outlining the mechanism by which the project outcomes will be achieved through its activities. A set of outcomes and indicators have been identified against which the success of the project shall be measured
The final evaluation design is subject to completion by the Evaluator however it will include both an outcome evaluation and a process evaluation, using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methodologies including pre and post intervention surveys, focus groups, interviews and case studies .
To ensure a separation of the delivery team and the project evaluation, the Skills Academy is looking to commission an independent evaluator to work alongside the project team to design and implement all elements of the project evaluation and ensure that it is conducted in accordance with industry best practice.