Research Assistant/Evaluation Assistant Job in Bristol at Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills –

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per annum


Executive Officer


Contract type


Business area

OFSTED – Corporate Strategy

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support


Operational Research

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts



2 Rivergate, Bristol or 23 Stephenson Street, Birmingham

About the job


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Every week, we carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England and publish the results online. We also report on standards across the country and are accountable directly to Parliament. Ofsted’s inspections are independent and impartial.

The Research Assistant/Evaluation Assistant to provide administrative support to the Research and Evaluation team. To support the Researchers and the Management team for the primary evidence gathering projects the team is responsible for delivering. The Research Assistant/Evaluation Assistant should be highly organized and able to multitask with ease.

Job description

Please refer to the job specification for further information.


The key responsibilities of the role are outlined below. This is an overview of the role and not exhaustive. Ofsted reserves the right to assign other duties commensurate with the B3 grade as required.

> Provide support to the process of scoping projects, particularly the administration of scoping meetings and the coordination of the process of iterating scoping documents.

> Undertake identified elements of research design, data collection and data analysis as directed by the Research/Evaluation Lead and/or other project researchers as required and under direction. This may include:

  • Supporting the design of online questionnaires and forms for recording evidence.
  • Completing initial analysis of data collected and identifying lines for further enquiry.
  • Searching and extracting evidence from published reports and unpublished evidence base.
  • Coding qualitative data.
  • Contributing to literature reviews by conducting searches and producing basic summaries of results.

> Present data findings in different formats for different audiences and purposes.

> Support the ongoing maintenance of the team’s systems, for instance by supporting the development/ maintenance of the team’s SharePoint site and its library/ bibliographic systems.

> Maintain an overview of documented relevant legal, ethical and safeguarding requirements for research projects within Ofsted, and follow processes to ensure that these are adhered to as part of project delivery.

> Maintain the integrity of research samples, in line with the scoping requirements set out for the project, by maintaining good lines of communication and working relationships with Data and Insight and scheduling.

> Support the deployment of inspector resources, for instance with support for communication, including project team meetings and relationships with regional teams, and monitoring of inspector days committed and actual days deployed.

> Support the coordination of visits to providers so that communication is clear, consistent and in line with policy and procedure for research visits.

> Build capacity in research and analysis by proactively developing their expertise in research methods, such as questionnaire design, coding data.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Seeing the Big Picture

Making Effective Decisions

Communicating and Influencing


Managing a Quality Service

Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Experience and understanding of preparing accurate data and using appropriate approaches to ensure they are of the required standard. (Essential).

Good working knowledge of relevant data analysis packages, particularly Excel. (Essential).

Some understanding of the principle research approaches, including quantitative data techniques and coding of qualitative data. (Desirable)

Experience of contributing to the delivery of research projects. (Desirable).

Knowledge of England’s education and/or care system, and experience of applying this knowledge within a work context. (Desirable).


Ofsted is committed to maintaining employee health and wellbeing, whether it is physically, emotionally, financially or socially, and offers a range of benefits to support employees in this. Such benefits include the option to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme, professional and personal development opportunities, 32.5 annual leave days per annum (plus eight days public holiday) and counselling and advisory services for you and your family.

Any move to Ofsted from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.

About the Company

Company: Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills –

Company Location:  Bristol

Estimated Salary:

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