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Research in Practice for Adults is part of the Dartington Hall Trust, an independent charitable organisation trading ethically and sustainably as a social enterprise. As an equal opportunities employer, we are committed to supporting, engaging and developing our staff. 

Please see our current opportunities below.


Learning and Development Support Officer

We are looking for an incredibly organised and efficient Learning and Development Support Officer to support delivery of our programme of in-house workshops, events and support. We deliver approximately 200 in-house workshops and events with our Partners on an annual basis. This role will work with the existing team to effectively coordinate and manage delivery of these workshops and events, ensuring good communication between internal staff and external Partners, and managing and maintaining good systems and records. This is a great opportunity to join a busy, committed and passionate team to help deliver a range of inputs to Partners all over the country. This is a fast-paced and varied role that involves communicating with and managing multiple requests from both internal and external stakeholders.

For more information on this role, including a downloadable copy of the job description and how to apply please visit: https://www.dartington.org/learning-and-development-support-officer/



Research and Development Officer: Practice Development

Research and Development Officer: Children and Adults

We are looking for two talented Research and Development Officers to join our team. As our ideal candidates you will have direct practice experience of working in a social care role and setting. With a relevant degree and research experience, you will be an organised, positive and IT-literate professional. You will use your excellent presentation and writing skills, and current sector knowledge to develop resources to support the sector, including publications and workshops. For our Practice Development position we are looking for someone with a professional social care practice qualification and experience (Social Worker or Occupational Therapist). For the Children and Adults position we are particularly interested in applicants with experience across both adults and children’s social care. You will be enthusiastic, self-motivated and used to collaborative working, you will have the communication skills to inspire, influence and engage others. Above all, you share our passion for helping others to use evidence to improve the lives of people of all ages.

We work with clients across England and Wales from our main office in Dartington, Devon and a satellite office in Sheffield. Candidates can apply to work in either location.

For more information on this role, including a downloadable copy of the job description and how to apply please visit: https://www.dartington.org/research-and-development-officers/


Become an Associate

We are always on the lookout for research, policy and practice experts who want to work with us and become RiPfA Associates on a freelance basis.

Our Associates are great facilitators, skilled researchers, people with evaluation skills, experts on a particular topic within social care, social work practitioners, experienced writers, or a combination of all of these.

If you would like to become a RiPfA Associate, please send us your CV along with a covering letter highlighting your skills and experience and examples of your work (if relevant) to ask@ripfa.org.uk.


Evaluation Associates

Can you design high quality social care research or evaluate existing data sets to find out if a social care intervention is improving the lives of people who access services?

We are looking for researchers and evaluation professionals with experience of working with quantitative data and statistics to join the network of Associates working with RiPfA. As a freelance Evaluation Associate you will work on projects to design and conduct research into social care.

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