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January 2018- Come join our team! We're hiring a Research Consultant/Evaluator
This position is established to own and coordinate various evaluation activities regarding child welfare social work education, professional development, and caregiver training in Washington. The target populations include Title IV-E social work students, public child welfare agency staff, and foster parents and relatives who provide out-of-home care for children. This position provides an opportunity to design and implement evaluation strategies in support of continuous quality improvement efforts.
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 Consultant contributes to the development and evaluation of a competency based workforce development system for the state child welfare agency. This position leverages research and knowledge from the University for training of public employees who work with vulnerable children and families.
This position will support evaluation of education, classroom-based training, e-learning and coaching interventions. This position will involve collaboration, research design, data collection and analysis, and contributing to dissemination of research. Under the direction of research faculty and project manager, this position will:
Instrument Design and Data Collection
- Use initiative and independent judgment in contributing to evaluation design and preparation of IRB proposals, as applicable. Assist with the preparation of IRB proposal and documents using knowledge of WSIRB guidelines, policies and procedures.
- Uphold client confidentiality and adhere to ethical guidelines of research with human subjects.
- Develop evaluation methods that are both meaningful and feasible for the participants and stakeholders.
- Observe and assess training delivery using specific rating criteria.
- Design and manage data collection instruments completed by students and training participants, including, but not limited to on-line surveys, behaviorally anchored skills assessments, interviews and focus groups.
- Collect, enter and extract quantitative data using web-based platforms, Learning Management Systems, and statistical software.
- Conduct qualitative and descriptive statistical analysis and interpret findings related to curriculum assessment, training delivery, trainee satisfaction, acquisition of targeted knowledge and skills, and outcomes.
Collaboration and Communication
- Communicate regularly with project partners and colleagues at the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence, WA State Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration staff and supervisors, UW faculty and students to negotiate shared priorities and evaluation work plans.
- Engage with Alliance staff to support field participation in web based data collection, phone interviews and other evaluation methods.
- Monitor and provide feedback to the Alliance and Children’s Administration on participant response rates, listen to practitioner concerns and address barriers to evaluation implementation (timing, access to necessary technology, workload demands, organizational climate etc.).
- Provide leadership for assigned projects, track timelines and deliverables.
- Participate in evaluation team meetings and POC all-staff meetings, quarterly Evaluation Committee and Competency and Curriculum Committee meetings; maintain positive relationships and timely communication with coworkers, supervisor, and partners.
Review Literature and Curricula
- With an understanding of adult learning strategies in public child welfare, review learning objectives and curricular content.
- Review and summarize literature related to child welfare practice, social work education, professional development, workforce recruitment and retention.
- Share evaluation results to stakeholders via oral presentations, facilitated discussions, and written reports, using language and data displays that are easily understood by lay audiences.
Master's Degree in Social Work or related field AND four years of applicable work experience OR equivalent experience.
- Demonstrated strength in interdisciplinary collaboration, consensus-building and strategic thinking.
- Knowledge of the US and Washington state child welfare policy and practice and how these shape workforce, caregiver, and client experiences in the system.
- Strengths-based perspective with a focus on continuous quality improvement.
- Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
- 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.
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, communities, and cultures.
- Five or more years of experience working in public child welfare or related children youth and family services.
- Professional experience in adult education and training.
- Knowledge of adult learning theory and methods of learning assessment.
- Strong initiative, problem-solving and self-starting approach, flexibility, the ability to deal effectively with change, and the ability to organize and prioritize work quickly in response to changing needs.
- Demonstrated ability with qualitative and quantitative analysis and interpretation.
- Experience translating complex ideas and data into user friendly language.
- Experience facilitating the use of new technology among users who may be hesitant or distrustful of the benefit of technology in their learning or training environment.
- Knowledge of APA style for professional writing.
- Washington State approved human subject’s training (must be completed within 30 days of hire)
- Facility with web-based survey tools such as Qualtrics or RedCap.
- Experience in the use of statistical software such as SPSS, R, STATA.
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