Research Assistant – Opportunity

Posted on March 07, 2017


Genevieve Laurier

TSIP is a trusted advisor to public, private and charitable organisations seeking to maximise their social impact, and tackle some of society’s biggest issues. We conduct research and evaluations, deliver training and manage programmes that encourage learning and evidence-based innovation, and we're looking for a research assistant to help us on a dedicated project.

TSIP bridges research and practice and balance academic rigour with practicality. We are more than a research organisation or an evaluator, having designed and delivered high-profile programmes ourselves.

TSIP’s five values drive our work and guide us daily. We strive to work energetically; turn ideas into action; act as an honest, critical friend to achieve the best results; and deliver quality and excellence in everything we do, operating with a strong social purpose.

Research Assistant Role

Organisation: The Social Innovation Partnership (TSIP)

Location: Mainly the Hub Westminster, 80 Haymarket, London with the option to complete some work remotely

Start Date: Late March 2017 / Early April 2017

Duration: 27 days to be completed by mid-July 2017

Pay: London Living Wage of £9.75/hour - £2,106 for 27 days

TSIP is currently working on a research project to identify existing surveys and questions that can be used to measure reading engagement. The outputs of this research will feed into a practical evaluation resource for charitable organisations that promote reading and who want to better understand the impact of their activities.

Often, delivery organisations are focused on working directly with beneficiaries, and lack the necessary tools and resources to conduct high-quality evaluations. By signposting them to relevant tools, we aim to help reading engagement organisations save time and money, enable the use of stronger evidence across the sector, and improve the quality of evaluation in this area.

We want to recruit a research assistant to help us with this important project. The role will involve:

  • Screening studies and other resources for mentions of relevant tools
  • Maintaining records about the research process
  • Entering information about relevant tools in Excel
  • Liaising with experts and a steering group

The successful candidate must be available to complete 27 days of work by mid-July – spread evenly, this is roughly equivalent to 2 days per week. The work can be completed more intensively over a shorter period if preferred.

Initially, the role will be based at TSIP’s offices in Central London. Later on, it may be possible to do some work remotely. 

We will provide the successful candidate with all necessary training and ongoing support throughout.

This role is paid and you will receive the London Living Wage for your time. It may be possible to reimburse some travel costs subject to agreement in advance.

Person Specification

We are looking for someone who has the following experience:

  • Some postgraduate education, including formal training in social research methods
  • Some experience of conducting desk-based research, including in online academic databases
  • Experience of using Excel

As well as the following attributes:

  • Understands validity and reliability, as they applies to surveys
  • Able to work methodically
  • Able to work independently, with minimal supervision
  • An interest in learning new skills
  • In addition the following are desirable but not essential:
  • Experience of conducting a literature or systematic review
  • Experience of using surveys to measure outcomes or analysing survey results
  • An interest in reading
  • Prior experience of working in an office environment 

To Apply

Email your CV with Cover Letter (not more than 500 words) describing how you meet the job criteria to The deadline for applications is 24 March 2017. Applicants should be available to start immediately.