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At the University of Washington School of Social Work, we commit ourselves to promoting social and economic justice for poor and oppressed populations and enhancing the quality of life for all. Recently ranked No. 1 in the world among social work schools for its influential scholarship and broad impact, we strive to maximize human welfare through education, research, and public service. We embrace our position of leadership in the field of social work and join in partnership with others in society committed to solving human problems in the twenty-first century.
The UW and the School of Social Work promote diversity and inclusivity among our staff, faculty and students; we seek applicants for this position who are committed to these principles and whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage with audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.
Partners for Our Children (P4C) works to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families, especially those involved in the child welfare system. P4C pursues policy reform and systems change by conducting research and advancing evidence-informed policies, programs, and practices that promote healthy child development. Our activities include systems assessment, workforce development supports, program evaluation, intervention development and testing, data science and analytics, and public policy research, analysis, and advocacy at the state and federal levels. P4C is based on campus at the UW and has the opportunity to leverage the academic community to optimize our work. We are an organization that seeks to advance diversity, equity, anti-racism and social justice.
P4C has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Coordinator (75-100%).
This position will support the evaluation of the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence, a partnership with the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) providing training and education for licensed caregivers and the child welfare workforce. This position will involve collaboration, research design, data collection and analysis, and contributing to dissemination of evaluation findings. Our team's focus is implementing continuous quality improvement within a large public agency.
This position will promote evidence informed child welfare policy and practice by reviewing research literature, coordinating evaluation projects, designing data collection tools, conducting data analysis, and sharing findings to inform program development. This position will require strong collaboration skills to address barriers to implementation, support the use of technology and the use of data to for continuous quality improvement.
The Research Coordinator contributes to the development and assessment of interventions and the evaluation of a competency based workforce development system for the state child welfare agency. This position leverages research and knowledge from the University to benefit those who serve vulnerable children and families throughout WA.
• Use basic descriptive analysis and developed skills in both qualitative and quantitative analysis and interpretation, conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis and interpret findings. • Support formative evaluation through analysis of curriculum review and observation data; summarize feedback to inform revisions and improvements.
Data design, collection and management
• Create and manage data collection instruments, especially on-line surveys, and occasionally interviews and focus groups • Understand and track survey samples and response rates • Review curriculum and observe delivery as part of pilot evaluation, use curriculum review tools to provide detailed feedback to Alliance workgroups • Provide timely response to partner inquiries, and seek out resolutions to challenges related to design and use of online surveys • Use RedCap and Excel: collect, enter and manage qualitative and quantitative data using web-based platforms and statistical software. • Uphold client confidentiality and adhere to ethical guidelines of research with human subjects.
Teaming and collaboration
• Engage with Alliance staff to gather necessary information for pilot evaluations and to keep learner survey tools up to date and to communicate updates and make requests. • Track project timelines and deliverables. Communicate proactively with supervisor to manage deliverables and respond to shifting priorities. • Participate in evaluation team meetings, P4C all-staff meetings and maintain positive relationships and timely communication with Alliance and DCYF partners.
• Create data visualizations and summarize findings using report templates and generating new templates as needed. • Respond to ad hoc reporting requests. • Present findings to Alliance Continuous Quality Assurance Team and course development workgroups. • Develop narrative reports to share qualitative and quantitative findings to inform ongoing quality improvement efforts with Alliance and DCYF partners. • Other duties as assigned.
• Master's Degree in Social Work, Social Sciences or related field • Minimum of two years of experience working in a child welfare, youth and family services, program evaluation, research or analysis setting.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• Demonstrated strength in interdisciplinary collaboration, consensus-building and strategic thinking. • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. • Attention to detail and ability to track over time. • Knowledge of APA style for professional writing. • Washington State approved human subject’s training (must be completed within 30 days of hire) • Experience translating complex ideas and data into user friendly language • Demonstrated ability with qualitative and quantitative analysis, visualization and interpretation. • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple demands simultaneously under time constraint and meet project deadlines and deliverables • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team • Attention to detail and quality
•Strong initiative, problem-solving and self-starting approach, flexibility, the ability to deal effectively with rapid growth and change, and the ability to organize and prioritize work quickly in response to changing needs. •Facility with web-based survey tools such as RedCap or Qualtrics. •Knowledge of the US and Washington state child welfare policy and practice. •Strengths-based perspective with a focus on continuous quality improvement. •Familiarity with IRB applications and procedures, managing confidential data collection and analysis, and maintaining ethical standards that guide research and evaluation. •Experience with phone interviewing •Descriptive quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills •Experience in the use of statistical software such as SPSS, R, STATA.
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