Implementation Research Associate/Sr. Associate (2102-20)
MDRC - New York, NY

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MDRC is seeking a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate with program evaluation and implementation research skills to join a multidisciplinary team working across policy areas at MDRC. The position will focus on implementation and fidelity of evidence-based interventions for low-income families and their children, such as early childhood education or home visiting programs, as well as other interventions for youth and adults. We welcome inquiries from individuals with experience in mixed methods research on organizations and program implementation in health, education, or social services settings.

Our growing agenda is aimed at providing reliable evidence about effective strategies for scaling up evidence-based programs and understanding how program features and implementation influence program impacts. The successful candidate will play a significant role in the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation, a major multisite random assignment study of the new federal evidence-based home visiting initiative.


This position provides an exciting opportunity to:
  • Help build a growing agenda in implementation science at MDRC;
  • Work with interdisciplinary teams to design and conduct implementation research within random assignment studies;
  • Develop new methods in both quantitative and qualitative implementation data collection and analysis; and
  • Improve future policy and program implementation by authoring publications and disseminating findings.

Experience or knowledge and skills are required in conducting mixed methods research with a particular focus on quantitative and qualitative implementation research analysis and design. Prospective candidates should possess the following qualifications:
  • Graduate-level degree (Ph.D. or master’s degree with relevant research experience) in a social science/policy field required
  • Knowledge of implementation research techniques that can be applied to program evaluation and measurement of intervention fidelity
  • Experience with data sources, such as structured surveys of program staff, direct observation of service delivery, field interviews with program staff and participants, and analysis of program administrative data
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas: organizational behavior, systems change, early childhood education, children and families, low-income communities, or family processes
  • Strong writing, oral communication, interviewing, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines
  • Comfortable working in a team-oriented and fast-paced environment
  • Experience studying organizations that provide early childhood education services, family services, or programs specifically geared toward helping to improve the well-being of low-income children is a plus
  • Bilingual (fluent in Spanish/English) candidates a plus
The position will require travel and will be based in MDRC's New York or California office.
Salary and level will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered.

Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, MDRC strongly encourages minorities, women, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply. Legal work authorization required.