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Job Title: Research Associate/Mixed Method Researcher
Job Number: 2024-02
Organization: Institute for Community Research
Posted: 3/4/2024
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Community Health
Industry: Non Profit / NGO
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Hartford,  CT    USA
Compensation: $50,000-$65,000
Position Description: The Institute for Community Research (ICR) has an immediate opening for a full-time position of Research Associate/Mixed Method Researcher, to work on a CDC sponsored project, Overdose Data to Actions (OD2A). Throughout this five-year project, ICR will partner with the grantee agency the City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), three adjacent local health departments, and two other organizations. The goal of the project is to gather data to drive action steps that reduce drug overdose morbidity and mortality, address health disparities, and focus on harm reduction, prevention and health promotion strategies in the Hartford region. The project will be carried out in Hartford and 14 surrounding towns.

The Research Associate will serve as the OD2A Project Evaluator, under the supervision of ICR Executive Director and Senior Scientist, who is also the OD2A ICR site Project Director. The Research Associate is also expected to participate in research and evaluation activities on other projects, assist in grant development, and develop his/her own research agenda. The mixed method researcher will:

• Develop a good understanding of CDC requirements and procedural guidelines related to OD2A project implementation and project evaluation components.

• Conduct literature reviews to identify best practices associated with drug overdose prevention intervention services, peer navigation, and recovery coaching, as well as multi-level factors that contribute to the effectiveness of various prevention, treatment, and intervention services.

• Participate in the development of needs assessment survey and performance measure reporting instruments, in collaboration with the ICR team, the City of Hartford HHS team members, partnering health districts, and organization personnel.

• Take primary responsibility for developing the OD2A evaluation plan, conducting outcome and process evaluation, assuring implementation quality, and identifying needs for evaluation plan adjustment.

• Develop centralized online databases and user data entry interfaces for partner organizations, monitoring needs assessment and performance data collection progress and data quality, regularly conduct data cleaning and analysis, produce monthly/quarterly data reports, and provide technical assistance to partner organization data entry staff.

• Conduct and coordinate evaluation data processing, coding, analysis, interpretation, and report writing

• Develop a good understanding of the principles and procedures of complex social and health services, the applicable laws and regulations governing eligibility, and the socioeconomic problems of the service catchment areas;

• Coordinate with other health districts, to provide the most efficient and effective best practices in peer recovery services for the Greater Hartford region. Promote best practices in engagement approaches, support systems, and interventions;

• Work with other community partners, service providers, and agencies, to help enhance peer recovery navigation in the Hartford region; • Actively participate in City of Hartford Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) meetings, participate in CoIIN activities as appropriate;

• Contribute to project professional development and training development as needed, assist in the development of clinical, community, and public safety training, data collection, and generating reports;

• Participate in ICR staff meetings, organization-wide activities, and other programs as appropriate.

Qualifications: •Master or Ph.D. (preferred) in social or behavioral science, public health, or related fields, with training in quantitative and qualitative research methods, and experience in survey interviewing and qualitative interviewing. At least 3 years of field experience conducting community research or intervention, preferably with people who use drugs.

• Demonstrated critical thinking, creative mind, strong analytical skills, evidence of publications or potential for publications productivity.

• Minimum of two years of experience in setting up surveys or other types of data entry forms, managing and integrating data from different sources, and analyzing data. Experienced in database design and analytical software, such as Qualtrics, Access, Redcap, Atlas.ti, SPSS, SAS etc.

• Detail-orientated with strong organizational skills. Able to quickly identify errors or irregular data patterns and alert supervisors and other team members.

•Capable of summarizing descriptive and preliminary data output in written reports. Able to understand and support the integration of different forms of qualitative data into research reports. Able to lead on grant applications, public presentations, and other reporting and dissemination activities.

• Highly self-motivated with a good working attitude and the ability to accomplish multiple tasks while effectively managing time constraints. Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines in a collaborative and fast-paced work environment with minimal guidance and supervision.

•Demonstrates a consistent and high degree of professionalism, enthusiasm, autonomy, and initiative. Flexible, able to work cooperatively with project staff and collaborating organizations as a team member; ability to work independently and exercise discretion and good judgment in job functions.

Organization Description: ICR is a private non-profit community-based research organization located in Hartford, Connecticut. Since 1988, ICR has been conducting research in collaboration with community partners to address inequities and promote justice, equity, and inclusivity in a diverse, multiethnic, multicultural world. ICR research and dissemination projects focus on understanding and addressing complex public health and social problems, risk prevention intervention development and implementation, community based and/or community engaged research methodology, research capacity building etc. More information can be found at ICR offers a welcoming and family-friendly working environment, competitive benefits, and second chance opportunities.

Closing Date: 6/4/2024
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Kathy Engle-Dulac,  Research Associate/Mixed Method Researcher
Contact Location: 2 Hartford Square West
Suite 210
Hartford   CT  06106
United States
Contact Location: 2 Hartford Square West
  Suite 210
  Hartford   CT  06106
  United States
Contact Phone: 8602782044 
Contact Fax: 8602782141
Contact Email:
Web Address:
How to Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and three references (name, affiliation, relationship, contact information) to Kathy.Engle- Application review starts immediately until the position is filled. Incomplete application will not be considered.

Additional Information: The Institute for Community Research participates in the E-Verify program and is an Equal Opportunity Employer AA/EOE

Web Site Delete Date: 6/4/2024