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SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE -- EVALUATION

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Action Research
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Kings County, NY
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Publicado há 26 dias

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:  

  • We help develop and launch strategies to analyze system outcomes and performance. We design and support systems that utilize administrative data to allow leadership and staff to monitor progress, strengthen services, and improve outcomes. 
  • We conduct operational and exploratory research to understand how child welfare policies, practices, and systems are functioning, translate findings into strategic recommendations, and then help our partners leverage these recommendations to improve outcomes for children and families.  
  • We evaluate program models and interventions to learn what is working – and what work remains to be done. We seek to understand the context, history, strengths, and challenges of particular approaches, complementing quantitative and statistical techniques with focus groups, interviews, and on-the-ground work to assess program operations. 

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: 

  • A passion for improving outcomes for children, young people, and families – you recognize that contact with the child welfare system has long and lasting impacts on children and families, and are committed to advancing work to keep children safe, stable, and in families; 
  • Experience conceptualizing, designing and executing social service program evaluations – you know how to design and execute rigorous evaluations and adapt them to real-world programmatic conditions and capacities; 
  • Strong management skills – you have a history of working with partners and a research team managing multiple projects from the initial development stages to completion;  
  • Great attention to detail – you have a track record of thorough and deep analysis, and are comfortable operating in an organization where we check and recheck our work; and 
  • Comfort working both independently and as part of a team – while you can advance a project on your own, you are excited to collaborate with others; you know how to delegate and when to ask for support from your colleagues. 

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: 

  • With the management team and other colleagues, expanding Action Research’s program evaluation capacity by developing new projects and building the skills and knowledge of staff; 
  • Serving as a principal investigator and key point of contact on evaluation projects; 
  • Supervising colleagues, including ensuring quality work and supporting professional development by sharing expertise, strategies, and techniques needed to build on Action Research’s evaluation and organizational capacity. 
  • Developing applied research designs and methodologies to provide insight on strategies to improve outcomes for children and families; 
  • Creating and supporting concrete, actionable recommendations that arise out of our evaluation work; 
  • Supervising the writing and reviewing of Institutional Review Board submissions;  
  • Managing program evaluation activities including data collection, data analysis, statistical testing, and report writing; 
  • Communicating findings to diverse audiences in accessible ways, including in presentations to colleagues, program staff, funders, clients, and other stakeholders;  
  • Building replicable and well-documented processes to improve the efficiency and accuracy of our evaluations and work processes within the deadlines required by our partners; 
  • Following developments in reform efforts, including participating in regular check-ins with programmatic and government stakeholders, and reviewing relevant research literature in the field;  

 Specific requirements 

  • A Master’s degree in public policy, data science, public health, economics, sociology or other related discipline and a minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience, preferably in an applied research and evaluation setting.   
  • Knowledge of child welfare, poverty prevention, vulnerable populations, or related areas;  
  • Experience developing and implementing mixed-methods research strategies to assess programs and evaluate child outcomes;  
  • Lead or contributing author on program evaluation reports and/or journal articles; 
  • Knowledge of performance measurement, business process analysis, and other types of public policy assessment; 
  • Ability to interpret both quantitative and qualitative analysis, with expertise in data collection and analysis in quantitative and/or qualitative methods and analysis. 
  • Expertise in quantitative methods includes syntax proficiency in SPSS, Stata, R, SAS, or similar statistical package, ability to generate and interpret descriptive statistics; and capacity to identify and execute appropriate multivariate regression and modeling techniques including appropriate statistical tests;  
  • Expertise in qualitative methods includes designing interview and focus group schedules; proficiency in NVivo or similar qualitative analysis package; capacity to develop code books, and train and supervise colleagues to code responses and identify themes;  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to convey complex research findings to a public audience, and to develop clear, visually compelling reports for government, nonprofit, and private sector partners; 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to create and maintain working relationships with government and other partners;  
  • Ability to navigate real world challenges as they arise and to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively with a team; 
  • Experience in grant-funded research; 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel and PowerPoint, and comfort using online applications including Box, Slack, and other coordination tools; and 
  • A commitment to a collegial workplace. 

Additional valued strengths that are appreciated but not required 

  • Experience using QGIS or other mapping software, AirTable, Tableau or similar analytic programs; Qualtrics; and other analytic software;  
  • Experience in the role of manager or supervisor; 
  • Spanish or other language fluency. 

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…

Resumo dos Detalhes

  • Comprometimento de Tempo
    Carga Horária Integral
  • Data de Início
    16 de dezembro de 2021
  • Prazo para Inscrições
    1 de dezembro de 2021
  • Educação
    Mestrado Requerido
  • Nível profissional
    Gerencial
Salário
USD $90.000 - USD $125.000
/ ano

Benefícios

  • Excellent benefits competitive with national high-quality nonprofit research organizations – Benefits include health insurance, student loan repayment program, pre-tax flexible spending account, pre-tax transit check, and after one year, eligibility for 401(k) and education benefit. Generous holiday, vacation, personal, and sick time. 
  • Intentional professional development – As part of a small and highly active team, the Research Associate will have opportunities for client and government interactions. Action Research will also invest in your professional growth and help you advance both your subject matter and technical expertise. 
  • Vibrant and flexible work environment – Action Research staff are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, we are a highly collaborative, active team with regular interaction. You will get to know your colleagues through weekly “learning brunches” which provide opportunities to share and explore interests, including those that may not be apparent in our day-to-day work. 
  • Excellent benefits competitive with national high-quality nonprofit research organizations – Benefits include health insurance, student loan repayment program, pre-tax…

Localização

Virtual
O trabalho pode ser executado em qualquer lugar de Estados Unidos
Local Associado
318 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
Suite 300

Como se inscrever

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the mission of Action Research; a resume; and a short writing sample to hr@actionresearch.io with a subject line of “Senior Research Associate – Evaluation”.  

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. 

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the mission of Action Research; a resume; and a short writing sample to hr@actionresearch.io with a subject line of “Senior…

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