Evaluation Consulting Opportunity

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OfflineTehout Selameab
Tehout Selameab

Below is a job posting for consulting work with SAMHSA'S Service to Science Initiative (STS).  The Central Region Resource Center seeks individuals with prevention and evaluation expertise in its 10 state region including: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, West Virginia, Ohio and Iowa.  Information about the STS project can be found here:




Research Scientist

Service to Science Initiative Evaluation Technical Assistance Specialist Grade 11 - EVALUATION TA PROVIDER - POSITION #: RS102111 Special Casual - (Part-Time Position)


Education Development Center (EDC) is one of the world's leading nonprofit research and development firms. Established in 1958, EDC designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world's most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity. Our services include research, training, educational materials, and strategy, with activities ranging from seed projects to large-scale national and international initiatives.


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Over the last decade, SAMHSA's CSAP and various States have emphasized the use of evidence-based programs to prevent or deter substance abuse or address critical mental health needs. This emphasis is central to SAMHSA/CSAP's Strategic Prevention Framework. SAMHSA/CSAP, also recognizes, however, that some, and perhaps many, local programs do not have the ability to demonstrate effectiveness. This inability could be due to a variety of factors, including a lack of resources for or difficulties conceptualizing and designing evaluation. To build evaluation capacity at the local level, SAMHSA/CSAP has established the Service to Science (STS) Initiative with the explicit long-range goals of: (a) increasing the pool of evidence-based substance abuse interventions from which States and communities can select to address substance abuse problems; and (b) supporting innovative local interventions seeking to demonstrate and document evidence of effectiveness.


A project of the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) and situated in EDC's Health and Human Development Division, STS provides training as well as customized and intensive evaluation technical assistance to local program developers, implementers and evaluators representing interventions to prevent substance abuse and its related problems. Training is delivered using two modalities: centralized academies that bring multiple programs together for learning, networking and TA and decentralized academies in which evaluation TA specialists travel to programs for intensive onsite program evaluation consultations. Programs with more advanced evaluation needs are assigned to decentralized academies and those in the earliest stages of evaluation planning are assigned to centralized academies. During these academies, Service to Science's evaluation TA specialists work with program staff and evaluators to develop action plans for improving evaluation capacity. Following the academies TA specialists work with assigned programs to operationalize the action plans developed.


The Service to Science Project has an opening for individuals with prevention science and program evaluation expertise who will report to the CAPT Central Resource Team Service to Science Lead located in Chicago, IL.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS - The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.


The Service to Science Evaluation TA Specialist should exercise advanced expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods as well as explain the utility of such methods to non-research populations. More specifically, he or she will work independently to provide research and evaluation coaching and guidance to community-based organizations implementing innovative prevention programs. The goal of which is to help such organizations demonstrate more credible evidence of their program effectiveness and to build their overall evaluation capacity. This technical assistance focuses on developing and/or refining the program's:


•       theoretical basis

•       logic models

•       evaluation design

•       evaluation instruments

•       data collection methods

•       data analysis plans

•       reporting mechanisms

•       methods for using evaluation results to improve implementation


In addition, the Service to Science Evaluation TA Specialist may be called upon to provide training and technical assistance on evaluation to other SAMHSA/CAPT clients (e.g., recipients of Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grants) as well as to other federal grantees to which SAMHSA's CAPT may provide technical assistance (e.g., recipients of Minority HIV/AIDs Initiative grants).  Such assistance would be commensurate with the Specialists area of expertise in evaluation. He or she may serve as one of the CAPT's Service and Science Technical Experts providing guidance to the CAPT on current and emerging trends in substance abuse consequences, contributing factors and co-occurring conditions; and upcoming challenges and opportunities in the field of substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion, as well as helping set priorities in terms of direction, products and services. Moreover, and in keeping with the duties of Research Scientist, the Service to Science Evaluation TA Specialist is expected, as deemed relevant, to:


•       Exercise leadership and expertise in qualitative &/or quantitative methods for research design and instrumentation

•       Oversee data collection & validation processes, ensuring quality & reliability

•       Review documentation

•       Synthesize concepts and recommendations

•       Write/edit plans & complex materials

•       Develop high-visibility presentations

•       Contribute to conferences and peer-reviewed publications

•       Investigate solutions to potential problems, which may result in products, programs, services or inventions

•       Expand contacts and strengthen client relations; develop business and professional relationships by communicating technical information to professional or civic communities, government agencies, "stakeholders" or institutions

•       Work with senior management and project staff on new concepts and on bringing new products &/or programs to market

•       Guide feedback exchanges; provide expertise to others

•       Oversee administrative and logistical coordination

•       Troubleshoot complex problem and develop solutions

•       Provide technical  advice to staff

•       Advise on complex training or design projects; may design or conduct conferences or workshops

•       Travel


QUALIFICATIONS - This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:


•       Master's degree or equivalent combination of education & experience

•       PhD or equivalent preferred

•       With Master's degree, 9-12 years related experience, including 3+ years prior project management or program development experience, plus extensive experience with computer applications (including databases), psychometric or statistical measurement techniques, and Internet research

•       With PhD, 3-5 years related experience (as above)

•       Expertise in program evaluation required

•       Experience working in the field of substance abuse prevention

•       Experience providing technical assistance to local or community-based programs


CONTACT: No phone calls, please

Posted: 10/21/11


EDC is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V) and a smoke-free workplace




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