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Human Services Research Analyst

Job ID 696-3

Mathematica Policy Research is a nationally recognized, nonpartisan firm that researches domestic and international social policies in human services and health. Mathematica’s mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear in our work. Our clients are primarily federal, state, and local government agencies, and private foundations. Staff in the Human Services division work on projects in the following domestic policy areas:

  • Family support (sample projects: developing an executive function-informed coaching intervention for TANF participants and advising state TAND administrators on evidence-based ways to increase program engagement and improve employment placement and retention outcomes)
  • Education (sample projects: measuring teacher effectiveness and conducting rapid-cycle evaluations)

  • Early childhood (sample projects: evaluating Early Head Start and conducting a systematic review of research on home visiting programs)

  • Labor  (sample projects: evaluating the impact and implementation of the Workforce Investment Act and evaluating a program that provides employment training services to inmates)

  • Nutrition (sample projects: researching initiatives to address childhood hunger and estimating the impact of changes to the SNAP program)

  • Disability (sample projects: evaluating programs helping workers with disabilities and examining the career pathways of workers after they receive disability benefits

Human Services Research Analysts typically work across multiple domestic policy areas. Analysts may work on primary research studies (e.g. randomized evaluations of programs in the field), perform secondary research (e.g. working on a systematic review of existing research in education, family support, labor, early childhood, or other area), or provide technical assistance on evaluation design and program implementation to other organizations.

We are looking for Human Services Research Analysts to join our team. As a Research Analyst, you would join our staff of research professionals, which includes doctoral-level researchers in the fields of public policy, economics, and other social sciences, as well as master's-level analysts, and bachelor’s-level research assistants/programmers. We offer our employees a stimulating team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership.

Human Services Research Analysts participate in key project activities including: 

  • Performing qualitative analyses based on in-depth interviews or focus groups

  • Designing and facilitating onsite strategic planning sessions, trainings, and other meetings with federal, state, and local social service agencies

  • Organizing and coordinating a range of individual and group technical assistance activities, including recruiting subject matter experts and arranging peer-to-peer consultations, to foster and support program innovation

  • Supporting researchers and programmers in conducting quantitative analyses with large databases to determine program outcomes or conduct policy simulations

  • Contributing to systematic reviews of existing research

  • Conducting literature reviews

  • Writing a range of products, including (1) synthesis memoranda, briefs, or reports summarizing key findings, potential recommendations for improvement, and practice-focused lessons learned from promising sites; (2) practitioner-focused documents, including implementation guidance, training curriculum, and strategic planning tools; (3) performance management reports; and (4) technical assistance briefs (e.g., summary of best practices, innovative case study sites)

  • Tracking financial progress of projects, and preparing reports for monthly project reviews

  • Master’s  degree in public policy, social work, sociology, economics, statistics, or a related field, or equivalent experience

  • Rigorous training in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods

  • Experience in or aptitude for designing and facilitating strategic planning processes that motivates and inspires meeting participants; conducting engaging and content rich onsite and virtual trainings; and engage groups in meaningful dialogue

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with clients and other external stakeholders

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Working knowledge of current policy issues in one or more of the following areas: early childhood, education, labor, nutrition, children and families, disability, or other relevant areas

  • Work experience with a policy research organization, state or federal government, foundation, school, or human services program is desirable 

Applicants must submit: a cover letter, resume, writing sample that demonstrates analytic thinking (preferably illustrating research or analysis skills on a policy-related topic), transcripts (unofficial or official), and contact information for three references. 

Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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