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  • 10/07/2019 12:22 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    JUF is hiring an Evaluation and Data Manager. This new position will work in coordination with the Assistant VP of Evaluation and Quality Improvement to support and expand external data and evaluation efforts for JUF’s partner agencies, individually and collectively, in addition to supporting internal JUF evaluation and ongoing research activities. Please share this job posting with any interested candidates. https://lnkd.in/gXwERju

  • 09/11/2019 11:40 AM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    Assistant/Associate Professor Faculty Position in Evaluation
    Department of Educational Psychology – College of Education
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, announces a position for an outstanding emerging or established scholar in evaluation.  The successful candidate will have a strong record of intellectual contributions to evaluation, substantial field experience as an evaluator, and expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods. For more information, please go to www.education.illinois.edu/cbo/human-resources/available-positions

    To ensure full consideration, we ask that applications be submitted by October 10, 2019. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled. www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

  • 08/14/2019 8:47 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    The Lindau Lab at the University of Chicago is hiring for the following positions:
    JR05888 (Research Assistant);
    JR05884 (Research Assistant);
    JR05882 (Research Analyst);
    JR05923 (Director of Operations)

    To learn more type the JR codes above in the search bar here: https://uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External 

    About the Unit: The Lindau Laboratory at the University of Chicago is an interdisciplinary, fast-paced laboratory performing human-level observational, interventional (clinical trials), health services, geospatial and computational/simulation research motivated by a fundamental concern for the principle of justice or fairness in health and health care. The lab is actively growing, presently with 3 concurrent NIH-funded studies (two are new 5 year, R01-funded clinical trials) and funding from AHRQ and other sources. The Lab, funded predominantly and continuously by agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with private philanthropy for more than 15 years, currently employs about 15 full and part-time researchers across disciplines including epidemiology, gerontology, anthropology, public health, and health care communications. The lab routinely and widely collaborates across disciplines, University of Chicago units, and with investigators at other institutions including experts in the fields of computer science, social services administration, psychology, geriatrics, oncology public health and other medical and social science fields. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Lindau is a practicing gynecologist with specialized expertise in prevalence, prevention and treatment of sexual disorders in women. The work of the lab focuses in two main areas: 1) urban health and population health improvement, with a particular concern for women and older adults living in high-poverty communities and 2) preservation and treatment of female sexual function in the context of aging and cancer and other common diseases. The two main programs of research include the South Side Health and Vitality Studies (CommunityRx, MAPSCorps, Feed1st) and the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine (PRISM) (Bionic Breast Project, WomanLab, Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer). SSHVS is a >10 year collaborative effort led by the Lindau Lab including university researchers and community members that aims to understand how community assets and information and communication technologies can be used to improve health and vitality. The Lab has spun out two companies: NowPow, LLC and MAPSCorps, 501c3, both based in Hyde Park, that are active collaborators with the Lab’s research program.

  • 06/20/2019 12:52 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) has reached out to request volunteers to serve as reviewers for proposals submitted through its Chicago Early Learning RFP. The RFP invited current funded Delegate Agencies and Partners to apply for a continuation of funding to serve children and families birth-5 across a variety of program models.

    In short, DFSS is asking for assistance in reviewing and “rating” proposals submitted. There is no compensation involved; this is purely an act of good citizenship. Both experienced and novice proposal reviewers are welcome to participate. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the proposal review process and to better understand the landscape of early childhood services in Chicago.

    Volunteers will need to set aside time to:

    • View a recorded DFSS-led training on the scoring matrix
    • Sign a confidentiality agreement form 
    • Score between 4 to 10 proposals before 7/19 

    If you would like to volunteer (or learn more), please reach out to Rima Malhotra, Manager of Family Support Programs at rima.malhotra@cityofchicago.org.

    Many thanks for considering this opportunity to support DFSS's investments in the city.

  • 06/20/2019 12:23 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    YMCA Evaluation of Early Learning QI System
    Due: July 29, 2019

    Over the last three years at the Y we have worked to implement, scale, and refine the YQ (Y-Quality) Early Learning Initiative. The Y's systemic professional development initiative is focused on elevating instructional quality to improve educational outcomes for Chicago's children, many of whom are misserved by inequitable systems.

    We are incredibly excited to report that thanks to the support and partnership of the McCormick Foundation, we will be expanding the current evaluation and assessment work.  In the next phase of this initiative, we are looking to build on the learnings from these first few years. Attached please find RFPs for both a lead evaluation partner and an assessment partner (two-year project, subject to review after year one) -- We would greatly appreciate it if you share with your networks.

    Please reach out with any questions and thank you in advance for your willingness to spread the word!

    RFP Early Learning Programming_Evaluation Partner_June 2019.pdf

    RFP Early Learning Programming_Assessment Partner_June 2019.pdf

  • 04/29/2019 4:00 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    Did you know that Chicagoland Evaluation Association members get a special rate on Evaluators' Institute courses this April in Chicago? Contact us at connect@evalchicago.org for the discount code.

    Program Dates: April 29-May 4, 2019
    Location: Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare Area5615 N. Cumberland AvenueChicago, IL 60631

    Courses:

    Social and Organizational Network Analysis (2-day course, April 29-30)
    Instructor: Kimberly A. Fredericks, PhD
    Category: Analytic Approaches

    Linking Evaluation Questions to Analysis Techniques (3-day course, April 29-May 1)
    Instructor: Melvin M. Mark, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Approaches and Techniques

    Strategy Mapping (2-day course, April 29-30)
    Instructor:John Bryson, PhD
    Category: Using Evaluation – Strategies and Capacity

    Developmental Evaluation: Systems and Complexity (2-day course, April 29-30)
    Instructor: Michael Quinn Patton, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Approaches and Techniques

    Culture and Evaluation (1-day course, May 1)
    Instructor: Leona Ba, EdD
    Category: Using Evaluation – Strategies and Capacity

    Using Non-experimental Designs for Impact Evaluation (2-day course, May 1-2)
    Instructor: Gary T. Henry, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Theory, Design and Methods

    Qualitative Evaluation Methods (2-day course, May 1-2)
    Instructor: Michael Quinn Patton, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Theory, Design and Methods

    Presenting Data Effectively: Practical Methods for Improving Evaluation Communication(2-day course, May 2-3)
    Instructor: Stephanie Evergreen, PhD
    Category: Using Evaluation – Strategies and Capacity

    Monitoring & Evaluation: Frameworks and Fundamentals (2-day course, May 3-4)
    Instructor: Ann Doucette, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Foundations

    Sampling: Basic Methods for Probability Sampling and Non-Probability Samples (1-day course, May 3)
    Instructor: Gary T. Henry, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Theory, Design and Methods

    Designing, Managing, and Analyzing Multi-Site Evaluations (2-day course, May 3-4)
    Instructor: Debra J. Rog, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Theory, Design and Methods

  • 04/17/2019 4:57 PM | Jillian Papa

    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is accepting applications for a Research Project Specialist starting in summer or fall 2019 with rolling admission. Applicants with a Bachelor's or Master's Degree are encouraged to apply.  Applicants interested in a gap year before graduate school are welcome. Qualified candidates will have experience in the research process including identifying related articles, applying for grants, collecting data, and analyzing data. Candidates must have interests that align with one of our divisions (a) Human and Community Development, (b) Epidemiology and Biostatistics, or (c) Health System Science. Past projects include the topics of obesity, HIV, cancer, and mental/ behavioral health.  For full description, see the link below and the attachment. For further questions, contact Nicole Summers at nsummers91@siumed.edu.

    https://siumed.hiretouch.com/research--basic-science-faculty-jobs


  • 04/17/2019 4:54 PM | Jillian Papa

    Serving under the direction of the director of or vice president for program strategy, the program officer is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities, and executing programming efforts that are aligned with the organizational direction. The program officer will work closely with other staff to ensure integration and coordination of efforts.

     

    Additional Info

    • Substantial work experience within or partnered with public health systems or food production and distribution systems and a solid understanding of community engagement in those systems.
    • Build and maintain strong, authentic relationships and act as spokespeople, effectively communicating the foundation’s goal of working with communities to improve the lives of children.
    • Familiarity with public health networks as well as experience developing robust partnerships across public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development along with local, regional, and national networks of contacts is desired.

     

    Education/Experience

    • Master’s degree in a field relevant to assigned areas is preferred. Minimum five years’ experience in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8+ years) with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, networking, and community change. Knowledge, skills and experience in racial equity, community engagement and/or leadership development.
    • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
    • Spanish language written and spoken fluency desired.
    • Foundation or nonprofit experience helpful.
    • Experience working in a high performing and agile organization with a team-oriented culture.
    Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: WKKF-POFHWB@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.


  • 04/12/2019 5:06 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    The Chicagoland Evaluator: Member feature

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    Using evaluation to inform policy: Tips for evaluators

    an interview with Dr. Anne Farrell, Director of Research, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

    For this edition of The Chicagoland Evaluator, Dr. Rafiqah Mustafaa, Evaluation Coach at Planning, Implementation, Evaluation Org interviewed Dr. Anne Farrell, Director of Research at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Below, Rafiqah shares Dr. Farrell’s valuable tips on how readers might conduct rigorous translational research and evaluation that can be useful for decision-making.

    1. Deeply examine the theory of change. This is an essential component of any project because it helps the evaluator or researcher to understand the logic behind the policy or program being examined. To understand this logic, Dr. Farrell suggests asking questions like what is this program/policy trying to accomplish? And who is involved in implementation?These answers provide a realistic idea of how the program operates, the outcomes that matter, and where our work can have the most impact. Too often, measurement of implementation is ignored, making it impossible to know what components are responsible for change (or lack thereof).

    2. Seek the perspectives of various stakeholders including the policy’s intended beneficiaries and frontline workers. Inquiry into the effectiveness or impact of a policy or program involves an informed, collaborative dialogue. As evaluators, we have perspectives that shape our inquiry; however, there are many things we don’t know, or can’t know, because of our particular vantage points. It is important that we understand the perspectives of the beneficiaries, frontline workers, and other stakeholders, and use those perspectives to inform our evaluation process. In particular, equity-oriented evaluation efforts need to tap the perspectives of community members and individuals who are intended to benefit from initiatives and programs.

    3. Study in depth the policy and its related regulations. Policy-oriented evaluators need to understand deeply the policies of interest in order to align evaluation to inform policy. To do this, evaluators can ask questions like what are the regulations associated with this policy?And how are the intended beneficiaries affected when laws, regulations, or appropriations change?  By answering these questions, evaluators are better positioned to provide insightful analyses and relevant recommendations for decision-makers.

    4. Focus on collecting data that is needed and useful. Dr. Farrell shared that she has become a measurement “minimalist” as she’s evolved in her career. Very often, heads of agencies, frontline staff, and intended beneficiaries are required to collect and/or report data that is never actually used in evaluation. Policy-oriented evaluators need to have a clear understanding of the purpose of each data point. Knowing this, we can use a more intentional approach to measurement that focuses on collecting quality, useful data, and minimize demands on the individuals involved in the data collection process.

    This conversation with Dr. Anne Farrell highlighted that while evaluators bring to their work a range of interests, skillsets, and approaches, it is important to consider how we can be intentional in shaping our work to maximize its utility for policy and practice. 

  • 02/12/2019 8:44 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    EduDream is looking for an experienced research associate (3-5 years experience) with a passion to advance educational equity. It's a great opportunity for someone looking for flexible work hours. This can be either a part-time or consultant position. 

    Job posting: EduDream_ResearchAssociate_JobDescription2019_FF.pdf

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