Freelance Evaluator Brief

SoCo Music Project are looking for an individual(s) who will work closely with the SoCo Leadership team to conduct evaluation of two of our programmes of work.

Changing Tracks

Changing Tracks is funded by Youth Music, and is a vital and flexible response to the need of providing early, targeted support through child-centred music interventions for children with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEN/D) and/or Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) needs in Southampton and Hampshire.

Changing Tracks has two core strands:

  • Early Years (EY) – Working with children (2-5yrs) at nursery settings in Southampton in partnership with Southampton City Council’s Early Years Advisory Team (EYAT)
  • Primary (P) – Working with children (5-12yrs) in partnership with Hampshire’s Primary Behaviour Service (PBS)

Comprising one-to-one and group sessions, interventions will be diverse; sensitively crafted to support the needs of children across settings in Southampton and Hampshire. The Evaluator will be contracted to evaluate the Primary strand first and foremost, but will engage in reflection and sharing of practice with the Early Years strand, which is a research in action programme, in partnership with the Royal College of Music.

Adult Learning programme

Funder through Southampton City Council’s Community Learning, SoCo’s Adult Learning programme is a rich and diverse offer, providing creative learning opportunities for adults in the city. The programme focuses on specific learner groups: adults that are facing challenges through poor mental health; adults in recovery from substance misuse; residents of care homes; adults with learning difficulties/additional needs.

We will not be expecting evaluation of the full programme, but rather a focus on one or two specific learner groups.

Freelance Evaluator Role

We are looking for a dynamic and experienced evaluator(s), with extensive and proven experience in the evaluation of music and/or arts engagement projects. We intend for the evaluator to visit projects, to respond appropriately to each context; and to have innovative ideas in which to measure impact. We expect the evaluator to work with a clear methodology and evaluative framework so a robust evaluation that appropriately measures the impact of the project can take place. We have developed a robust Impact Measurement Framework with associated data collection tools in partnership with The Social Investment Consultancy, but we would love the evaluator to come to the table with inventive methods to collect, record, assimilate and analyse data.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the project team to establish key milestones and activities within the programme and build an evaluation framework around these
  • Review evaluation and data collection methods used to date
  • Analyse and interpret quantitative data collected
  • Completion of monitoring reports for Funders
  • Establish a framework and methodology, based on our Impact Measurement Framework, for collecting qualitative data
  • Utilise methods to ensure that our evaluation captures a wide range of options, including participants, partners, music leaders alongside the programme delivery team
  • Incorporate use of stories through a consistent method
  • Advise on best practice and innovative approaches to evaluation
  • Finding engaging ways to disseminate the findings of our evaluation and highlight the impact of our work, potentially including blog posts, zines, documentary films.
  • Attend regular project meetings to discuss progress

We are following government guidelines with regards to Covid-19 so some projects may be online.

As the Evaluator will be working with vulnerable adults and young people – doing for example face to face interviews – an enhanced DBS is required.

Changing Tracks

Day rate: £150 per day, inclusive of expenses 

Number of days: October 2020 – September 2022: 40 days

Total for commission: £6,000 (paid monthly on receipt of invoices)

Adult Learning

Day rate: £150 per day, inclusive of expenses 

Number of days: October 2020 – February 2021: 10 days

Total for commission: £1,500 (paid monthly on receipt of invoices)

To apply:

Please send your application to Marie Negus by the deadline of Friday 11th September 5pm:

  • A CV (maximum 2 sides of A4)
  • A covering letter (maximum 2 sides of A4) which outlines your experience and expertise as an evaluator of tailor-made arts projects. Please also explain how you would approach this commission, to ensure that impact is measured, and in an effective/imaginative fashion. 
  • An example of an evaluation you have done
  • Proof that you are on the DBS update service

About SoCo Music Project

SoCo Music Project has been delivering engaging and inspirational music making activities since 2008, and recently were awarded Charity status. We believe everyone has the right to take part in music making, no matter what your ability, age, background or circumstances. Our engagement programmes focus on supporting young people experiencing challenges in their lives and vulnerable adult groups in Southampton and the wider Hampshire areas. We measure impact by increasing engagement, elevating and developing creativity, educating and providing life skills and empowering communities. SoCo Music Project delivers programmes that transform lives for the better; using music as a powerful tool to develop skills, nurture creativity and improve the wellbeing of participants. 

SoCo Music Project are committed to equal opportunities. We are working to achieve diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. If you require any additional support in making an application, or would like this information in an alternative format, please contact Marie Negus on 683544. Additionally, if you would like an informal chat about the roles above, please don’t hesitate to contact Marie.