Research Analyst Child And Family Policy (Center On Labor, Human Services, And Population)

Urban Institute Washington , DC 20319

Posted 3 months ago

Who we are:

At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.

Urban's greatest asset is our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. Our employees drive Urban's mission through entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, effective communication, results-orientation, and relationship cultivation. Our success depends on engaging individuals who possess and value these attributes.

How you'll contribute:

The Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population is seeking a full-time research analyst who will be responsible for assisting with research on child and family policy. The research analyst will conduct qualitative or mixed methods research involving primary data collection and support project management. Ideal candidates will have interest and experience in one or more areas related to child and family policy, such as child care, early education, early childhood home visiting, parenting and family interventions, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood programs, child support, paid leave and other work-family supports.


  • Support efforts to prepare data collection materials and collect data through phone interviews, surveys, and site visits involving interviews and focus groups

  • Assist in the development and administration of surveys, questionnaires, and qualitative interview guides

  • Analyze qualitative data to draw out key themes using qualitative data software (e.g., NVivo, ATLAS.ti)

  • Analyze quantitative data using software programs such as Stata and SAS

  • Organize internal and external meetings including developing meeting materials and writing up meeting summaries and next steps

  • Manage proposal and project budgets, create project timelines and schedules, and manage timely delivery of progress reports and deliverables

  • Communicate effectively with multiple research teams and project leaders

  • Review and evaluate extant research to provide insight and write literature reviews

  • Assist with drafting presentations, reports, policy briefs, and other written products

  • Produce tables and graphics for internal and external products

What you'll bring:

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a master's degree in public policy, economics, statistics, or related social science field

  • Demonstrate interest in issues related to child and family policy

  • Exhibit experience with primary data collection, such as conducting interviews, surveys, and/or focus groups

  • Demonstrate knowledge of qualitative research and analytic methods, including familiarity with NVivo, ATLAS.ti, or other qualitative coding software

  • Preferably have experience with Stata, SAS, R, or other quantitative statistical packages

  • Possess strong Microsoft Office skills, especially Word and Excel

  • Demonstrate outstanding writing ability

  • Possess excellent organizational and analytical skills

  • Demonstrate ability to help manage complex projects including budgets, schedules, and communications

What you'll experience:

Working in the Nation's Capital, the epicenter of public policy among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters, and enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan and reimbursable commuting expense program.

The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer -Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.

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