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Evaluation Consultant for St Andrews Preservation Trust

About the Trust

St Andrews Preservation Trust Ltd. (a registered charity SC011782) is an independent Trust founded in 1937 to ‘preserve the historic character of St Andrews’. Through the work of its museum, the St Andrews Heritage Museum & Garden, the Trust attracts over 18,000 visitors per year and cares for a social history collection of over 28,000 photographs and artefacts. Located within the historic heart of St Andrews within a B listed building, the Museum, which is Accredited, is embarking on a £1.7 million project which will transform the visitor experience and create stronger links with the local community in St Andrews.

The Trust’s project, ‘Heritage in the Making: Redevelopment of St Andrews Heritage Museum & Garden’, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is planned for completion by November 2025. The Trust is seeking to appoint an Evaluation Consultant to lead on the evaluation of the project, while providing a robust framework for the evaluation of future museum activities.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply especially people with additional support needs, barriers to employment, those living with a disability, individuals from an ethnic minority background, women, young people, those who identify as LGBTQ+ and refugees.

The Trust is committed to providing a fair and inclusive work environment based on positive employment policies and practices, including those set out in the Scottish Government’s Fair Work First policy guidance.

Contract Summary

Role Evaluation Consultant
Responsible to Museum Manager
Works with Museum Project Board, Board of Trustees
Contract May 2024 – November 2025 (19 months)
Location St Andrews Preservation Trust temporary office based in St Andrews, with remote working
Working pattern Average 3 days per month (flexible working pattern)
Fee  £20,000 +VAT
Deadline for Tenders 19th April 2024

 

Purpose of commission

The Consultant will provide ongoing evaluation of the Trust’s major redevelopment project, Heritage in the Making: Redevelopment of St Andrews Heritage Museum & Garden, which will see the biggest transformation of the Museum and Garden in its 40-year history. Our project has four key objectives:

  1. Sustainability (Financial & Environmental)
  2. Accessibility: to our buildings, collections and activities for a wider range of museum audiences
  3. Become a key visitor attraction by providing modern facilities for visitors, staff and volunteers
  4. Build closer links with the local community

Evaluation is central to the successful delivery of the project, and to the continued success of the museum post-delivery. The Evaluation Consultant will be responsible for creating a framework and timetable for evaluating the project through the development, implementation and delivery of the Evaluation Plan. Working closely with the Museum Project Board and other key stakeholders, the Evaluation Consultant will play a key role in supporting the Trust to realise the project vision through the collating, compiling and reporting of quantitative and qualitative data and feedback throughout the delivery phase.

Using a logic model, the Consultant will outline project inputs against outputs, and report on the short, medium, and long-term outcomes to measure and communicate the impact of the project. As well as being responsible for the ongoing evaluation of the project, the Evaluation Consultant will be responsible for the final evaluation report upon project completion. Project outputs include, but are not limited to:

  • A temporary exhibition and events space
  • Redeveloped permanent exhibitions
  • Accessible entrance
  • Outreach programme targeting priority audiences
  • Building maintenance
  • Training of staff and volunteers

Using a variety of evaluation methods, we would like to know:

  • How visitors feel about the new displays, and if they have learned anything new or developed a deepened understanding of local heritage.
  • How many volunteers were engaged during the project, and what impact the project had on them (individually and as a team)
  • What project activities were successful in engaging priority audiences, and identifying project activities that did not work as expected, and assessing learning from this.
  • What skills were developed by staff and volunteers, and how this has impacted their work and life.
  • How local groups felt about being involved, whether their participation increased the happiness and / or sense of belonging of their members, and if they would visit or collaborate with the museum again.
  • The environmental impact of project activities and the long-term environmental sustainability of the Museum building and its activities.
  • How many more people are visiting the Museum post-redevelopment and changes in visitor demographics.
  • How museum income and expenditure has changed compared to projections.

This position is best suited for a candidate with demonstrable knowledge and experience of working on redevelopment projects, with specific skills in evaluation methods and in evaluating projects to National Heritage Lottery Fund guidelines (https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/good-practice-guidance/evaluation).

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability and highlighting how your experience fits our role description to: samantha.walker@stapt.org.uk

Should you require further information or have any questions regarding the role please contact Samantha Walker (Museum Manager): samantha.walker@stapt.org.uk / 07743 127684