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Research Analyst

Bethesda MD

Child Trends invites applications for a Research Analyst position for quantitative aspects of research projects involving vulnerable families, including families with experience in the child welfare and criminal justice systems. The analyst will take part in the creation and development of new projects, prepare research designs and protocols; oversee and participate in data collection activities; and take a lead role in analysis and writing. The analyst will join the Child Welfare area, which focuses on issues such as prevention of maltreatment, reunification, child protection, court oversight, foster care, kinship care, adoption, and youth leaving foster care.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analyze, interpret, and disseminate data and identify patterns from data collected through surveys, as well as administrative and programmatic data.
  • Coding and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Prepare reports and presentations for a broad spectrum of stakeholders. 
  • Conduct database trainings and provide technical support.
  • Develop Institutional Review Board materials and oversee data security and confidentiality procedures.
  • May serve as a project manager, supervising junior staff and overseeing day-to-day logistics.
  • Supervise and train junior staff in data collection activities and oversee quality control procedures.
  • Work with teams and independently on discrete research tasks.
  • Some travel required.


  • Experience with STATA/SAS is required.
  • Masters’ degree in appropriate discipline such as Social Work, Economics, Sociology, Public Policy, Research Methods, Family Studies, or other social sciences required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in and work experience with research methods and data collection.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Practice experience in child welfare is desirable.
  • Proven organizational, project and time management skills.
  • Research experience in child welfare is preferred.
  • Experience working with budgets and proposal development experience preferred.


Posted May 14, 2018

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