Who we are
Action Research works with child welfare systems across the country, providing information, analysis, and support to illuminate paths to better outcomes for children, youth, and families. We partner with government leaders, frontline staff, think tanks, service providers, and foundations to generate insight and drive system reform. We are nationally recognized for our child welfare expertise and for producing innovative research to drive decision-making.
What we do
We work on a range of policy topics within child welfare including foster home recruitment, kinship placements, permanency, and prevention services, among other areas. We tailor each project to the needs of our partners and produce accessible results that program staff and funders can use to make concrete decisions.
Our work takes multiple forms:
In addition to rigorous designs and multiple research methods, we tap into sources of knowledge that are often overlooked. We have developed expertise in analyzing administrative data, an under-utilized resource that can produce findings unobtainable elsewhere. We pair the results of data analysis with the perspectives of clients, front line workers, middle managers, executives, and external stakeholders to form a comprehensive picture of how policies and programs are experienced—and what can be done to improve that experience.
We are committed to creating strong relationships with our partners. We invest in building trust with stakeholders, seek to minimize the burden of research on operations, and communicate actionable insights as they develop. With our wide range of clients, we have a reputation as an “information Switzerland”: a place that the child welfare community can rely on for accurate, reliable, and useful information.
What we are looking for
Action Research seeks an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with experience in program evaluation, background in social science and applied research, a passion for child and family services, and excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills to work as a Senior Research Associate primarily focused on our work evaluating innovative child welfare programs. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a rich understanding of child welfare innovations, who wants to learn more about child welfare in multiple jurisdictions, see their research and evaluation work have a direct impact on government and nonprofit organization decisions, and who enjoys thinking creatively about how to improve the lives of children and families caught up in the child welfare system.
Ideal candidates will have:
We are committed to inclusion, embrace diversity as an organization, and believe these values are essential to our work. The American child welfare system has a history of disproportionately impacting families of color, low-income communities, and LGBTQ youth. As an organization that seeks to make child welfare systems more responsive to clients and more effective in its services and operations, our staff must reflect diverse backgrounds, experiences, and cultures.
Role you would play
Working with a small, dedicated team, the Senior Research Associate will develop and lead evaluation projects focused on improving outcomes for children and families involved in the child welfare system. Our work includes evaluating innovative programing for foster youth transitioning to adulthood, for representing parents in child welfare proceedings, and additional projects in the early stages of development.
Action Research uses a mixed methods approach that uses the most rigorous methods possible. We understand that the child welfare context often requires creative thinking and flexibility in applying and adapting those methods. We also pay attention to the policy-making calendar, knowing that stakeholders may need to make critical decisions about expanding or contracting programs before evaluation work is complete. We provide the highest quality information available to our partners when they need it.
Responsibilities and activities may include some or all of the following:
Additional valued strengths that are appreciated but not required
Who we are
Action Research works with child welfare systems across the country, providing information, analysis, and support to illuminate paths to better outcomes for children, youth, and families. We partner with government leaders…
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Due to the large number of applications, emails, and phone calls to Action Research staff about this opportunity are not accepted and strongly discouraged. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Action Research is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status or caregiver status.
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