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Director of Evidence and Evaluation Early Intervention Foundation

Play a critical role charting a course for the evidence team at the Early Intervention Foundation as they merge with What Works Children’s Social Care to ensure the best possible outcomes for children, now and in the future.

  • Location: London Hybrid
  • Salary: £85,015 – 87,644


The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) is a 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 poor 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 effective early intervention for children and young people.

You will join EIF at an exciting moment, as we lay the essential groundwork for a merger with What Works Children’s Social Care that will create a new What Works centre with the scale and ambition to provide life-changing evidence across the full range of support for children, young people and families.

Who We Are Looking For

We are looking for an experienced, collaborative Director who can develop and deliver EIF’s evidence and evaluation programme to support the goals of the organisation.

You will manage and deliver a substantial programme of evidence and research projects, so experience of evidence synthesis and evaluation support is essential.

You will be an experienced team leader able to motivate, lead and line manage a high-performing and diverse team. You will also provide organisational leadership and support as part of the senior management team, contributing to the merger between EIF and What Works Children’s Social Care.

You will have excellent communication skills, with experience of building strong relationships, internally with the Board and externally with a broad range of national and international organisations; both in terms of building partnerships and income generation.

We are seeking someone who can make an immediate impact, so if you have the evidence and evaluation expertise we need, combined with a passion for early intervention then we would love to hear from you.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | Lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

Rachel Davies | Rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

Lucy Mavers Head of Not-for-Profit Practice Peridot Partners

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Dear Candidate

I am delighted that you are interested in joining the Early Intervention Foundation as Director of Evidence and Evaluation.

We are an independent charity and What Works Centre, championing and supporting the use of effective early intervention for children at risk of poor outcomes.

This is an exciting time for EIF as we merge with What Works Children’s Social Care and subsequently review our strategy. It is our ambition to strengthen our effectiveness in promoting the case for early intervention, disseminating and driving adoption of evidence to change practice and policy; and ensuring that our organisation is as sustainable as possible to enable this to happen.

We need a Director of Evidence and Evaluation who can lead the continued development and expansion of EIF’s evidence reputation and outputs and develop and lead a portfolio of evidence synthesis and evaluation support projects that deliver on time and to agreed standards.

This is a strategic role, sitting on the senior management team and working closely with our influential board, and will give you the opportunity to work across a range of disciplines.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do at EIF. It’s vital that our workforce reflects the diversity of our stakeholders and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities.

If you are excited about the opportunity to contribute to improving outcomes for children and young people nationwide, then please read on.

Best wishes,

Dr Jo Casebourne

Chief Executive, Early Intervention Foundation

About Early Intervention Foundation

EIF is an independent charity focused on promoting and enabling an evidence-based approach to early intervention.

  • We make the case for effective early intervention, to ensure it is prioritised and invested in at both the national and local level.
  • We conduct research, bringing together and synthesising the evidence from scientific studies, tests and evaluations of early intervention programmes and practices, and the expertise and experiences of people working in early intervention.
  • We publish reports to disseminate the findings, conclusions and recommendations from our research, and produce resources to translate this research into practical guidance and tools.
  • We work with government and all levels of the early intervention sector to ensure this evidence is used in decisions about how early intervention is supported and implemented, from national policy to local strategy to frontline practice.

Our work focuses on the developmental issues that can arise during a child’s life, from birth to the age of 18, including their physical, cognitive, behavioural and social and emotional development. As a result, our work covers a wide range of policy and service areas, including health, education, families and policing.

Our work with local areas

EIF works with local partners to extend the reach and impact of effective early intervention approaches. Since the organisation was established in 2013, we have worked with early intervention decision-makers, commissioners, service providers and practitioners in over 140 local places, including 85 in 2021/22.

Our work in local areas has given us an in-depth understanding of the challenges of trying to deliver early intervention in a difficult financial climate, and the kinds of evidence-based information that decision-makers and practitioners need.

How are we funded?

As a charity, EIF receives funding from a range of sources, including grants and contracts from government, trusts and foundations.

Currently, EIF receives around 90% of its funding from government departments and agencies, including the Department for Education, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Home Office. This reflects our role as a What Works Centre and enables us to meet the needs and priorities of government, act as a strategic partner to government programmes, influence national policy decisions affecting children and families, and work with local areas.

Current or recent non-governmental funders include the Nuffield Foundation and Youth Endowment Fund.

Who are EIF and what do we do?

What is early intervention?

Why does early intervention matter?


The Early Intervention Foundation is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace.  We want anyone who engages with us to feel valued and respected because of their differences: a place where everyone can be the whole and best version of themselves, so they can reach their own potential and help us to achieve our goals.

We are committed to ensuring that our working practices and spaces are accessible for all staff and visitors and we will work to ensure that our communications activities and methods are accessible and engaging to as wide an audience as possible.

You can learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion on our website.

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstation (e.g. desk, office), step free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets
  • Interviews be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops
  • Accessibility dogs welcomed
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed
  • Sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview
  • Working patterns/working locations can be adjusted
  • Specialist equipment and software can be identified and provided, with external expert advice
  • We have signed up to the London Speaker Diversity Pledge

EDI statistics can be shared upon request.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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    Rachel Davies | Rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 9th August
    First Stage Interviews: w/c 15th August
    Second Stage Interviews: w/c 22nd August

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