Director of Evidence and Evaluation, Youth Endowment Fund (YEF)

Director of Evidence and Evaluation, Youth Endowment Fund (YEF)

Are you an exceptional and experienced leader in research, passionate about prevention and early intervention with a proven ability to set up and lead multiple complex projects?

Director of Evidence and Evaluation | Charity Executive Search Agency Peridot Partners

About the Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending. It will support programmes and community partnerships working with children at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and build up our knowledge of what works to prevent that.

Focusing on 10 to 14-year-olds across England and Wales, it will be run by youth charity Impetus, in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and Social Investment Business.

About this role:

EIF’s role in the Youth Endowment Fund is to lead on evidence generation and evaluation. We will do this by building the evidence base around what works to tackle the risk factors, and support the development of protective factors which we know to be associated with criminal activity. The Director of Evidence and Evaluation (YEF) will lead and deliver all aspects of EIF’s role in the partnership.

As part of EIF’s senior management team you will work closely with colleagues at EIF, Impetus and the Social Investment Business to ensure that the YEF is a high-performing fund with the capacity and capability to deliver an ambitious programme of activity across multiple areas of research.

You will lead on various aspects of the YEF’s set-up, including building a team, designing the processes for all areas of evidence work, and being at the heart of setting the strategic direction for the fund. You will also oversee the transition from start-up into a fully functioning evidence team to grow the evidence base on a crucial area of social policy.

About EIF:

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) is a young, dynamicand ambitious charity established in 2013 to champion and support the use of effective early intervention to improve the lives of children and young people at risk of experiencing negative outcomes.

As a member of the government’s What Works Network, EIF has a pivotal role as the go-to source for evidence and advice on early intervention for children and young people. We have a responsibility to communicate ‘what works’ in a way that is robust and transparent in its use of evidence, and also relevant and accessible for national and local audiences, including policymakers, public service commissioners and managers, and frontline practitioners and service providers. Our work extends across a range of social policy and service areas, including health, education, families and policing.

How to Apply:

For more information, please download this job pack

This role is being handled by our advising consultants at Peridot Partners. For an initial confidential discussion about the role please contact:

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role by addressing the criteria within the person specification, giving examples. Please ensure that you also explain your motivation for applying within your supporting statement.

Please use the subject: “Director of Evidence and Evaluation (YEF), Early Intervention Foundation” and send your documents to:

(Please note that CVs or applications sent directly to EIF or the Youth Endowment Fund will not be accepted).

  • Closing date: 10am, Tuesday 7 May
  • First round of interviews will be held during the week of 13 May. Final interviews will be held during the week of 20 May.

For more information about the Youth Endowment Fund, please go to and follow us on Twitter @YouthEndowFund

Equality and Diversity:

The people we are looking for do not discriminate and we believe in being inclusive and giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.

Applications are welcome from all regardless of age, sex, gender identity, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, race, sexual orientation, transgender status or social economic background.

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