Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
A 75% Researcher 5 position is open in the Institute on Community Integration (ICI). The position involves conducting sponsored research on Medicaid funded programs and services for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). The position’s primary responsibility will be data collection and management for the Residential Information Systems Project (risp.umn.edu) and other ICI research projects. RISP is a 40-year longitudinal study that collects systems level data from state developmental disabilities agencies about Medicaid-funded long-terms supports and services for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Data collection and data management (70%)
Build and manage relationships with research participants and project partners. Provide formal and informal instruction to participants about study and data collection processes.
Use contact management software system to manage communication with study respondents and people seeking study information. Distribute emails, products, letters and other study correspondence.
Collect and manage data using an online survey data management system. Evaluate data for completeness and accuracy based on established protocols and follow up with respondents to clarify questions. Summarize state specific considerations for use of data.
Prepare data for analysis including organizing and securely storing research records, and reviewing incoming data for illogical or out of range responses.
Draft data collection tools and other study materials.
Conduct literature reviews, collect and manage qualitative or quantitative research data, conduct data analyses and complete other assigned research tasks.
Data reporting and dissemination (25%)
Author or co-author literature reviews, technical reports, peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other academic products describing research findings for academic audiences.
Prepare and proof tables, figures and graphs displaying research findings using Excel, web-based data visualization software and PowerPoint slides.
Collaborate with the web development team to update data in online products as new data are released (e.g., state profiles, chart gallery, data visualizations).
Translate research findings into knowledge translation products for policy makers (e.g., brief reports of key findings and implications, newsletter articles); practitioners, and other non-academic audiences (the general public, people with IDD, family members).
Respond to technical assistance requests related to study findings from project participants, policy makers, practitioners, and people with IDD and family members.
Project management (5%)
Collaborate with the project team to evaluate the effectiveness of data collection processes and tools and recommend improvements informed by interactions with study participants.
Manage logistics for project team and other meetings.
Prepare reports showing progress on data collection timelines, and development, dissemination, and utilization of products for the project team and funders.
Master’s degree in education, social work, psychology, public policy, public health or related disciplines including coursework on research (such as research design, statistical analyses, data analytics).
At least one year of personal or professional experience supporting, conducting research or managing supports or services for people with disabilities.
Strong professional writing skills as evidenced in published technical reports, peer reviewed journal articles, or other print or electronic products.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail (e.g., for analyzing data and results tables for accuracy).
Demonstrated ability to use spreadsheets (e.g., Excel), presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint), word processing (e.g., Word), and online meeting (e.g., Zoom) software.
Two or more years of personal or professional experience supporting, conducting research or managing supports for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Working knowledge of Medicaid-funded long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and public policies guiding supports and services for people with disabilities.
Previous work experience in a federal, state or local governmental social services agency, a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, or a Protection and Advocacy organization.
Effective communication skills and experience working collaboratively with internal and external colleagues.
Advanced competence using spreadsheets (e.g., Excel) to create formulas, use conditional formatting, create complex charts/graphs, and import and export data; presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint); and word processing (e.g., Word) software.
Experience using database or contact management software (e.g., Access, Salesforce) and data visualization software (e.g., Tableau) to manage projects and report on research outcomes.
Internal Number: 338538
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