Research Assistant, Administrative Data Research Initiative (ADRI) - MSPP

Washington D.C.
Mar 21, 2019
Apr 04, 2019
Full Time
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The Administrative Data Research Initiative (ADRI) - McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP), is enabling the research community to answer new questions about families and communities involving health, housing, employment, and education data.  ADRI aims to support secure and responsible access to administrative data that have been collected by government agencies and companies by addressing obstacles often encountered by researchers. Many projects struggle negotiating agreements, accessing appropriate data, and conducting analyses without sacrificing security or privacy. ADRI is activating networks that span the social, health, data science, and computer science fields to address these issues.  ADRI promotes standards, best practices, and fosters community among data intermediaries, data owners, and researchers.

ADRI seeks a qualified Research Assistant (RA) in Washington, DC. The RA will support efforts to improve research data access by developing tools that connect data producers and analysts. The RA will work as part of larger project teams spanning institutions and disciplines. The position offers qualified applicants the opportunity to learn how data can be used responsibly and transparently to support policy analysis.  Our partners study a range of topics, including intergenerational mobility, private and venture capital markets, data harmonization and linkage, and statistical inference with linked and incomplete data. Duties include but are not limited to:

Team Assistance

  • Support project performance measures using appropriate systems, tools, and techniques
  • Support project teams, including assisting with the coordination of presentations, meeting materials, briefing papers, agendas, and guides
  • Support collection, curation, and analysis of quantitative data
  • Support qualitative data projects with research partners

Project Management

  • Apply project management techniques by implementing project timelines and coordinating the appropriate staff to meet scheduled milestones for a task (e.g., report development)
  • Participate in meetings with partners and stakeholders by telephone or in person and take meeting notes, and synthesizing information gathered to produce public summary reports and other follow-up materials


  • Contribute to the development of project outputs including reports, data products, and applications
  • Monitor trends and developments in the proposed field(s) of specialization, by for example, attending formal training to enhance quantitative/qualitative analysis skills, professional association meetings, and professional development activities and events

Contribution and Editing

  • Conduct literature reviews using internet-based search techniques and research databases
  • Participate in business development by adding to the proposal development process

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Data Science or related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with quantitative research and/or qualitative research
  • Ability to prioritize workload and strong analytical thinking skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and work both independently and as part of a team

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