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Apply to become a part of an Evaluation Advisory Panel

Apply to become a part of an Evaluation Advisory Panel

11 March 2019

The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is recruiting an Evaluation Advisory Panel. This panel will help the Centre to develop and evolve its approach to evaluations in children’s social care.


Reflecting the diversity of research methodologies that the Centre is likely to make use of in the coming years, and the need for the panel to reflect the realities of children’s social care, they are looking to recruit members with a wide range of expertise, without the expectation that any one member will be an expert on all. The broad areas of expertise required are:

  • Impact evaluation in children’s social care
  • Implementation and process evaluation
  • Randomised controlled trial design
  • Statistics for analysing randomised controlled trials, and for ex-ante power calculations
  • Quasi-experimental methods
  • Machine learning and natural language processing
  • Measurement, instrument development and validation, and psychometrics
  • Economic evaluation


The Evaluation Advisory Panel will meet twice a year as a panel to discuss and to shape the Centre’s approach to evaluation.

The panel will peer review the Centre’s evaluation guidance. It will also make recommendations to the Centre as to the suitability of organisations who apply, through a competitive process held in August-September 2019, to join the Centre’s Evaluator Framework. This Framework will be established by October 2019.

Organisations successful in joining the Framework will be invited to apply to evaluate specific projects which are identified, or directly funded by the What Works Centre. Between meetings, individual panel members, or a sub-group based on expertise, may be convened, either in person or remotely to provide recommendations on the suitability of these applications, or other methodological issues.

Closing date: 1 April 2019

For more information and to apply click here.