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The Survey Research Division (SRD) is looking for 2 Part to Full-Time (75%-100% FTE) TemporaryResearch Coordinator to conduct data collection activities on the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey (BSK), the Community Youth Development Study (CYDS) and/or potentially other projects conducted by the Survey Research Division at SDRG. This position will manage, coordinate, and oversee all aspects of data collection for the study, including the full range of supervisory responsibilities, locating and quality control. The Research Coordinator will manage the development of survey materials and data collection protocols, meet response rate objectives, and monitor field progress. The role may include work across several areas and/or projects.
Best Starts for Kids (BSK) is an initiative to improve the health and well-being of all King County residents by investing in promotion, prevention and early intervention for children, youth, families and communities. The BSK implementation will be informed by data from families in King County on health and well-being indicators. The Survey Research Division at SDRG will be contacting 12,500 randomly selected families in King County with the goal of completing surveys with 5,000 parents of children ages 0-11 on the web, over the phone, or via paper surveys sent in the mail. The survey asks questions regarding their child’s health, family and community and is available in 6 languages.
Community Youth Development Study (CYDS) is a longitudinal research study to measure the impact of the Communities That Care operating system on adolescent development. Research efforts focus on a sample from 24 selected communities throughout rural areas of Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois and Maine. Over 4,400 participants have been part of this longitudinal sample since 2004 and are now approximately 28 years old. The goal will be to conduct surveys with 87% of the sample via web, telephone, and paper-based surveys.
•Manage/Supervise all data collection components •Develop and implement data collection procedures, timelines and techniques to achieve study aims and meet response rate objectives. •Determine staffing requirements and manage the recruitment, selection, hiring and training of classified and hourly staff. •Manage and coordinate field activities to ensure project is completed on time and within budget. Develop field production goals. Monitor field progress (across components) and take proactive action to address field issues that interfere with on-time completion of the project. Provide regular reports to the project team and SRD Director. •Develop training materials and data collection protocols. This includes the development of specialized training materials, survey documents, and field materials to meet the specific project objectives or the needs of the population being studied. •Train data collection staff to ensure understanding of research study and protocols; •Supervise staff and assign work to data collection team, who will be responsible for recruiting participants, scheduling, and conducting computer-assisted in-person interviews, prompting participants to complete web-based or paper (mailed) surveys, depending on study design. This may also include talking with family members or other 3rd parties in order to reach study participants. Monitor and evaluate staff performance. •Coordinate questionnaire development and programming; Format survey for use in the field, supervise testing of programmed surveys, and conduct pre-tests as necessary. •Review the process to ensure adherence to protocols and budget; take action to correct deviations from protocol and budget to meet response rate objectives. •Manage subject identification, recruitment, retention, and locating. Develop protocols for locating and refusal conversions to ensure minimal subject loss. Work with the Locating Supervisor, as needed; monitor locating efforts to maintain current contact information for participants. •Communicate and serve as the main point-of-contact with external research collaborators/clients to establish and/or maintain productive relationships. •Drive internal communication amongst project staff to maintain adherence to project timeline; report status updates to team on a weekly basis. •Conduct weekly staff meetings and report ongoing issues to the project team and/or SRD Director. •Interpret and apply data collection protocols and techniques to create forms, tools and communique necessary for collecting data. •Ensure full-project compliance with approved procedures and follow guidelines for the ethical treatment of human subjects; Contribute to Institutional Review Board applications and modifications, if needed. •Develop and implement quality control procedures to ensure high quality data. •Maintain confidentiality of subject information. •Contribute to the project's written summary of findings. Prepare reports that document data collection protocols, efforts, and results. •Collaborate with other departments and projects to share resources and produce the best outcome for the organization. •Be willing to work flexible hours and be available on evenings and weekends to support staff needs. •Support the professional development of team members. •Follow SDRG and SRD administrative procedures. •Perform other data collection tasks, as assigned.
•Bachelor's degree in a relevant academic area or equivalent experience •2 years social science research experience, including data collection or research interviewing •Supervisory experience managing hourly staff, including employee selection and training. •Able to hire and supervise others in a manner that instills motivation, perseverance, and team-work amongst the interviewing team in order to meet desired response rate objectives •Experience with multiple modes of data collection and a track record of high response rates •Experience using Computer-Assisted Interviewing (CAPI/CATI) software and/or MS Access databases •Excellent time management, organizational skills and attention to detail •Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills •Experience with difficult research populations •Experience developing data collection instruments and other survey material •Experience tracking and locating respondents •Experience working within University of Washington systems and procedures
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