Senior Analyst

Vacancy posted: Friday, 10 February 2017

Salary: 31,585 - 42,758
Location: Livingston

Closing date: 01 March 2017

The Improvement Service (IS) is a publicly funded company limited by guarantee, with a total annual budget in the region of £7 million. We exist to support councils and their partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all Scottish people through community leadership, strong local governance and the delivery of high quality, efficient local services.

Working for the IS means joining a small family of professionals, who work together to strive for continuous improvement in the public sector and ultimately, better outcomes for Scotland’s communities.

Our company headquarters are based in Livingston, West Lothian, located conveniently for commuters between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Pay is only one of the benefits of working for the IS, our terms and conditions are progressive and flexible and employees are rewarded with a generous annual leave entitlement of forty days per year as well as a flexible working policy.

To support us to meet growing business demands, we are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled individual with the knowledge and creativity required to excel in a dynamic environment.

This is an exciting opportunity to directly influence the way data and evidence is used to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities in local communities across Scotland. This role will develop and lead statistical work to promote a better understanding of the pattern of outcomes and inequalities across Scotland and to strengthen the evidence base in relation to what works in improving outcomes and reducing inequalities.

Skilled at analysis and problem solving, with experience in managing a demanding range of projects, the post-holder will have comprehensive knowledge of core public sector data sets and relevant analytical techniques. The post-holder will contribute and provide support to the development and roll-out of analytical tools such as the Community Planning Outcomes Profile and the Local Government Benchmarking Framework.  In addition, the post-holder will be adept at interrogating and presenting data and evidence to diverse audiences in a wide-range of accessible and user-friendly formats.

Purpose

This post with the Improvement Service offers an exciting opportunity to directly influence the way data and evidence is used to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities in local communities across Scotland.

Specifically, the senior analyst will:

  • develop and lead statistical work in a fast paced, high profile, innovative and impactful area

  • link, model and interpret data across all key life outcome areas, including early years, older people, environmental outcomes, health and wellbeing, safer/stronger communities and employment/economy

  • directly influence how data and evidence is used to inform national policy, local decision making and engagement with local communities

  • Influence and engage with senior local and national stakeholders across all areas of the public sector, including national and local government, health, police, fire, the third sector.

    Scope:

    The effective use of evidence and data is central to the delivery of better outcomes through public service reform and Community Planning, along with transparent and accountable systems of performance management.  This work stream forms a key element of the Improvement Services’ (IS) programme, and the prime purposes of the work stream will be to:

  • develop a better understanding of the pattern of outcomes and inequalities across Scotland and in local areas

  • assist the better targeting of interventions to help reduce inequalities

  • strengthen the evidence base in relation to what works in improving outcomes and reducing inequalities
  • promote better use of evidence in decision making by Councils and Community Planning Partnerships
  • A primary focus for the post-holder will be to lead positive and professional engagement with a wide range of community planning partners and other key stakeholders across the wider public sector.  The role will involve providing practical hands-on support to CP partners to use the available data and evidence in decision-making and scrutiny processes.

  • encourage the use of data in strengthening community engagement and empowerment
  • build capacity and sharing learning between councils and partnerships on how to achieve better outcomes

    Key Accountabilities:

    Key responsibilities of this role will be to:

  • Support the development and roll-out of analytical tools such as the Community Planning Outcomes Profile and the Local Government Benchmarking Framework
  • Support the analysis of key datasets and evidence to identify factors driving inequalities of outcomes and to promote targeting of interventions which improve life outcomes and prevent, mitigate or address inequalities
  • Collaborate with data owners, including other national partners and CP partners, to assess and help address existing data limitations and gaps in measurement or evidence, both locally and nationally
  • Support the IS in developing its approach to data hosting and management. Support capability building in CP partners in how they manage, link, share and publish their data
  • Support better use of data and evidence in strengthening community engagement and empowerment
  • Directly help address challenges CPP partners encounter with the effective use of data and evidence and advise / help develop appropriate solutions
  • Ensure that all activities undertaken within the work stream interface with and support relevant IS and national programmes.
  • Undertake other specified duties and responsibilities from time to time, as may be required.

Person Specification

Essential Requirements

Education/Training/Qualifications

Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant experience

Skills

Proven record of ability in analysing complex data and evidence to inform policy developments

Ability to build and preserve effective relationships with partners / stakeholders

Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

Proven record of ability in managing and delivering projects

Ability to work effectively across a range of priorities and to tight deadlines.

Knowledge

Excellent applied knowledge of national data collection systems and core public sector data sets

Applied knowledge of data analysis and management

Desirable Requirements

Skills

Advanced skills in using appropriate IT software (e.g. Excel, Tableau, Shiny, GIS software etc.)

Advanced skills in statistical analysis and modelling techniques

Knowledge

Excellent knowledge of research and evaluation methodology

Excellent knowledge of social and public policy issues and priorities

Familiarity with statistical software (preferably Stata or SPSS) and ability to learn other software packages if necessary.

Advanced knowledge of MS Excel and experience of undertaking descriptive statistical analysis in Excel

A good knowledge of performance management and benchmarking approaches

Previous Experience

Experience of working in Scottish public sector/local government

Experience of applying research / data analysis to design and development of service improvements that will deliver enhanced outcomes.

Experience of partnership working and collaborating with a range of stakeholders.

Full Driving Licence

Duration: An initial 1 year contract is available for this post, with the possibility of extension beyond that period.

If you are interested in applying for this job, please visit the Improvement Service website for details on how to apply and full job description

  • Experience of performance management, monitoring and evaluation

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Contact Name Leigh Rennie
Telephone 01506 283810
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