Evaluation Consultant brief

EVALUATION CONSULTANT BRIEF

Task                                  Dr Hills Casebook Evaluation Consultant

Contract                            20 days fte

Reports to                         Project Manager (Laura Drysdale)

Fee rate                            £350 per day including expenses, excluding VAT 

Commission

The Restoration Trust wishes to commission an independent evaluation consultant to carry out formative and summative evaluation of outcomes for people through participation in Dr Hills Casebook.

We are looking for a professional Evaluation Consultant who has experience of working with marginalised people and a particular interest in the field of cross-sectoral initiatives in culture, health and wellbeing.

The Restoration Trust

The Restoration Trust www.restorationtrust.org.uk is a charity that helps people with mental health problems engage with heritage, art and culture; we call it culture therapy.  

We create projects that are partnerships between cultural organisations such as museums, galleries, historic and archaeological sites, archives, orchestras and theatres, and organisations that work with people marginalised by mental ill health and contributing factors such as homelessness, poverty, crime, abuse and drug and alcohol misuse. We research and evaluate our projects to add to the evidence base of what works for people’s wellbeing and recovery, and we use every possible means to tell people about what we do, while fully respecting privacy.

Dr Hills Casebook

Dr Hills Casebook is an archives, theatre and wellbeing project aimed at improving the wellbeing of excluded people living with mental health challenges, and stimulating public conversation comparing past and present treatment. 

The project is a partnership between the Restoration Trust, Norfolk Record Office, South Norfolk Council and UpShoot Theatre Company. Contributing organisations include Norfolk Museums Service, Norfolk Library and Information Service, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Hills Casebook utilises the archives of Norfolk Lunatic Asylum while Dr William Hills was Medical Superintendent (1861-1887). These records, among them Dr Hills’ own journals, give a remarkable insight into 19th century care of the mentally ill. Their dissemination through research, theatre, film and online will illuminate contemporary mental health experiences.

Participants develop historical research skills so that they can examine the life of an individual patient.  They then engage with the whole process of turning their research into a professional theatre performance which will tour the area, with 18 performances reaching over 1000 people.

Dr Hills Casebook is based on the Change Minds methodology (www.changeminds.org.uk), where participation in archives and creativity has been shown to benefit mental wellbeing. Evaluation of wellbeing outcomes will contribute to evidence of heritage’s value for social prescribing.  This project fits with health and wellbeing strategies at all levels that focus on person-centred care, early intervention and mental wellbeing.

Outcomes

Dr Hills Casebook will be evaluated against HF funded outputs/outcomes according to an Evaluation Plan agreed by the Steering Group.

Outcomes are as follows:

  • A wider range of people will be involved in heritage
  • Heritage will be better identified and explained
  • People will have developed skills
  • People will have learnt about heritage, leading to change in ideas and actions
  • People will have greater well-being

The role of the Evaluation Consultant

The Evaluation Consultant will be commissioned to review outcomes for participants in terms of their skills, learning leading to change, and wellbeing. Outcomes for heritage and the wider public will be assessed by the project team. 

The Consultant will produce an Evaluation Plan for review and approval by the Steering Group.

They will carry out preliminary research to establish context. This will include a literature search of published and grey literature relating to the use of heritage and archives for health and wellbeing. They will contextualise Dr Hills Casebook in the related areas of culture, health and wellbeing, medical humanities, and in terms of social prescribing.

They will create a Theory of Change, based on this research, and using information from other Restoration Trust projects.

Using experience, measures and method from our published Change Minds evaluation report by Dr Victoria Scaife (www.changeminds.org.uk), the consultant will apply a mixed-method approach incorporating both questionnaires (quantitative and qualitative) and focus group investigations (qualitative). Questions will relate to: expectations; behaviour change; social exchange; and wellbeing. Wellbeing data will be gathered using the Shorter Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWBS). Using consistent measures from Change Minds means we can enlarge our data set to generate more robust evidence of the effectiveness of using health archives for mental wellbeing.

The Consultant will train the Facilitator to collect routine data, using the agreed Questionnaire, which will be administered at baseline, mid-point, end-point and 6-months after the project ends.

The Consultant will lead two participant focus groups, one at project end-point, one six-months post project. 

The Consultant will also lead a Reflective Practice group for staff at project mid-point, and will feed information from that group to the project team in order to make any necessary improvements.

Based on this data, the Consultant will write an Evaluation Report for the Steering Group. This will form part of our final evaluation for funders.

Additional information

  1. The project will begin on or around Monday 2nd March 2020 and end on Friday 3rd September 2021, subject to funding. It is likely that the consultant will be appointed in April 2020, begin work in May 2020, complete a draft report in December 2020 and complete their report (including 6-month post-project focus group) by May 2021
  2. Invoices will be issued after work has taken place. Payment terms will be 30 days from receipt of invoice.
  3. You will need Enhanced DBS clearance
  4. The contract will take place at the consultant’s own base, Norfolk Record Office and Fisher Theatre Bungay.

What you need to submit to us

A work plan, methodology and timetable for evaluating Changing Minds

Two examples of similar work and two references

CV

Our timescales and process for interviewing

Submit application by Monday 16th March

Appointment on Monday 23rd March

To discuss the role, please contact Laura Drysdale, Director of The Restoration Trust and Dr Hills Casebook Project Manager.

Phone 07740 844883

laura@restorationtrust.org.uk