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The School of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a Evaluation Specialist.
The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) is a $70M health research institute based at the University of Washington, with integrated partnerships with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, and more than 20 other organizations engaged in health research in five states in the Pacific Northwest region. ITHS is funded by the National Institutes of Health along with 50 other hubs across the U.S. The mission of ITHS is to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries to the clinic and beyond to improve the health of people in our region today. We develop critical resources to help innovators move their discoveries forward. ITHS fosters innovative health research, sustains research resources, and provides education and career development programs.
Evaluation at ITHS includes assessments of more than 12 programs with over 100 activities. Examples of ITHS programs include biomedical informatics, education, community engagement, regulatory knowledge and support, and integrating special populations, among others. The ITHS evaluation team works with each program team to design and implement methods of data collection designed to address formative and summative assessments. ITHS evaluation also includes assessments of institution-wide goals, and also supplies the NIH with metrics that are common across all 50 hubs.
The Evaluation Specialist will work under the direction of the ITHS Director of Evaluation to design and implement rigorous and practical program-specific evaluation methodologies, analyze data using the most appropriate techniques, and organize and present results for a range of audiences. This position entails frequent and substantive interactions both within and outside the University community. This Specialist will regularly exercise independent judgment and critical thinking skills. The position is full-time and located in South Lake Union and will occasionally require working evenings and weekends.
Evaluation Strategy, Design & Implementation: • Manage the design and implementation of a range of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methodologies, including surveys, semi-structured focus groups and interviews, tailored for each ITHS program. • Manage the development of efficient operations for evaluation needs relative to each program area. • Provide clear, accurate and explicit feedback based on evaluation results and observations.
Data Collection & Analysis: • Manage data collection to ensure the timely availability of clean metrics to be used for analysis. • Analyze data and interpret results to evaluate program progress and identify areas of potential program improvement. • Identify and track relevant data in compliance with the NIH national common metrics requirements. • Write and present clear reports on evaluation results, including short and long-term impacts, for a range of audiences. • Manage data cleaning operations of existing data.
Training & Reporting: • Assistant with managing work on the annual research performance progress reports process and common metrics. • Train medical professionals and medical experts about effective and robust evaluation methods. • Accept other duties as needed.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS • Master's degree in evaluation, statistics, public health, sociology, psychology or related field. • At least three years of experience in program evaluation and the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.
Additional requirements: • Proficient in experimental and quasi-experimental designs. • Experience with research design, including surveys, interviews and focus groups. • Proficient in data analysis, including the application and interpretation of basic statistics. • Experience working with relational databases (e.g. MS Access). • Demonstrated project management skills. • Expert in the design, implement and explanation of effective logic models. • Knowledge of online survey software (e.g. SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics, or REDCap). • Working knowledge of Tableau or equivalent. • Working knowledge of MySQL. • Ability to produce high-quality products in a timely fashion. • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. • Be flexible and adaptable with periodic program change. • Willingness to learn other new software as need arises.
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
DESIRED REQUIREMENTS • PhD in in evaluation, statistics, public health, sociology, psychology or related field. • Experience with a statistical package (e.g. SPSS, R). • Experience with manuscript and grant writing. • Working knowledge of SmartSheet. • Working knowledge of data visualization techniques. • Experience designing effective dashboards and Gantt charts. • Experience working in a school of medicine.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT Must be able to work alternate schedule and additional hours as needed to meet deadlines and service obligations. Meetings occur at multiple locations on and off campus; local travel is required.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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