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Research Assistant/Associate (Evaluation and Data Collection)
Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
Date Posted 04/09/2021
Research Assistant-Social Science
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Initiate grant proposals in the area of program evaluation and survey research, including identifying funding sources and RFPs, conducting literature reviews, developing research questions, and designing research methods and data collection procedures.

Develop formative and summative evaluation plans, and construct comprehensive logic models that capture program activities and outcomes.

Design evaluation procedures/protocols and develop data collection/survey instruments, and manage and supervise the construction and maintenance of databases and web-based data profiles.

Perform day-to-day oversight in program evaluation and primary data collection activities, including: large survey mailing, face-to-face and telephone interviews, focus groups, and so forth; monitor data collection progress, including interviewer assessments and call dispositions; and seek innovative strategies to increase survey response rates.

Collaborate with others regarding data management, and in the planning and implementation of data quality assurance plans.

Conduct statistical analysis of evaluation data, and assume a lead role in producing reports or other deliverable documents, and prepare and deliver presentations to policy-making bodies and professional organizations.

Assist in the preparation of articles for consideration in refereed journals on an ongoing basis.

Prepare regular updates to Center Director and Managing Director.

Unique Duties


A Masters or PhD in social science research (including political science, public administration, demography, education, geography, psychology, public health, social work, sociology, survey methodology, statistics, and urban studies), especially coursework in program evaluation and survey research, and advanced statistical analyses is required. Working toward a Ph.D. in process is highly preferred.

Minimum of two year's experience in designing and leading Program Evaluation and Survey Research projects/studies, especially in an academic setting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Demonstrated experience in designing, implementing, and managing program evaluation projects, including both formative and summative dimensions. Experience with the development and use of logic models to describe complex programs.

Skilled at designing and implementing data collection tools, including survey instruments to conduct primary data collection.

Ability to develop action plans and systems to facilitate and track implementation of evaluation and survey findings and recommendations.

A strong working knowledge of social science research methods and experience in managing primary data collection procedures (CATI lab and remote environment, web-based surveys, mail surveys, in-person interviews, focus groups, etc.) and practicalities of implementation required.

Effectively utilize software necessary to convert and process data (e.g. SAS, SPSS, Excel, Access, Dbase). Computer programming capability, including CATI programming software (especially for remote work), is an advantage.

Advanced skills in statistical analyses, which might include: network analysis, multivariate linear and logistic regresssion,structural equation latent variable modeling, statistical weighting, reliability, sampling and effect size analysis, etc.

Supervision skills and experience, including effective recruitment strategies and performance assessment, are required.

Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize and plan work activities while meeting respective deadlines. Strong organizational and time-management skills.

Flexible and adaptable style; a professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.

Strong diplomatic skills to present, answer questions and concerns effectively.

Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Salary range: $55,000 to $68,000, based on professional experience and training.

Preferred Qualifications

Testing Requirements

Not Applicable

Test Scheduling

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Job Category

Research Assistants/Associates

Duration of Posting

Fiscal Year of Job Open Date


Job Open Date
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Job Close Date
(or until suitable candidate is found)

Until Suitable Candidate is Found

Is this position reposted?


Reposting Reason:

None (New Posting)

Application Information

Background Check Requirements

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting to work. If you are offered employment, the University will inform you if a background check is required.

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