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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.


Research in Practice Development Officer (x3 posts)

£30,465 per annum

37.5 hours per week

Permanent (x3 roles)

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Closing Date: 09.00am, 30 September 2019

Interview Date: Monday 7 October and Tuesday 8 October

Research in Practice (RiP) works with organisations across child and family and adult health and social care, supporting them to develop an evidence-informed approach to their work. We use evidence from research, practice and lived experience to develop learning resources to improve social care policy and practice.

We are looking for three talented Research in Practice Development Officers to join our team. One focused on child and family services; one on adult social care; one working across both sectors.

For the adult social care-focused position we are interested in candidates with social care practice experience, particularly qualified Social Workers or Occupational Therapists.

Core activities:

  • Developing resources: Work with experts to develop evidence-informed learning resources
  • Knowledge mobilisation: Support learning and development across our national Partner networks – travel required.

We work across England and Wales from offices in Devon and Sheffield. Candidates can apply to work from either location but please note, interviews for these posts will be held at our Dartington, Devon office on Monday 7 October and Tuesday 8 October.

If you have experience and enthusiasm for developing evidence-informed practice we’d love to hear from you.

To apply for this post please send your completed application form to recruitment@dartington.org. Please note; for this role we are not accepting CVs.

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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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