The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Office of Innovation, Alignment, and Accountability (OIAA) is looking for a Program Evaluator to support the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program. ESIT utilizes everyday learning opportunities to build on family strengths by providing coordination, supports, resources, and services to enhance the development of children with developmental delays and disabilities. The ESIT Evaluator will plan, manage, and conduct evaluation research to assess the extent to which ESIT meets its identified objectives, monitor the implementation of its State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) activities, and evaluate the effects of SSIP interventions on program outcomes.
The ESIT Evaluator position is part of the DCYF Office of Innovation, Alignment, and Accountability (OIAA)’s Evaluation Team, which is part of the larger OIAA Evaluation and Research Team. This is a remote position.
The ESIT Evaluator will conduct and manage research to evaluate outcomes related to the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program. ESIT utilizes everyday learning opportunities to build on family strengths by providing coordination, supports, resources, and services to enhance the development of children with developmental delays and disabilities. One of ESIT’s guiding principles is that early intervention practices must be based on the best available current evidence and research. The ESIT Evaluator will plan, manage, and conduct research to assess the extent to which ESIT meets its identified objectives, monitor the implementation of its State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) activities, and evaluate the effects of SSIP interventions on program outcomes.
Some of what you will get to do:
- Create and implement evaluation research plans
- Conduct simple and complex statistical data analysis
- Create data collection tools and strategies
- Actively contribute to OIAA’s antiracist and other equity efforts
- Collaborate with program staff to support evaluation and continuous quality improvement capacity
- Identify key indicators and advise the development of processes for their ongoing monitoring
- Produce data visualizations to aid program use of data
- Summarize data and write program evaluation reports
- Create presentations and present interim and final evaluation research findings to internal and/or external stakeholders
- Use data to make policy and service recommendations
What we are looking for:
- A Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, public health, or a related field
- Five years of experience (may include graduate work) in data analysis, use of external data sources, and program evaluation research
- Experience designing and conducting multi-modal program evaluation
- Experience writing summary evaluation reports and supporting policy recommendations with facts and analysis
- Experience in quantitative data collection and analysis
- Proficiency using statistical software, ideally Stata, or transferrable coding experience
- Proven ability to understand complex problems and system challenges and propose improvements or solutions
- Dedication to antiracism and data equity principles and practices
- Experience presenting research findings to audiences that vary in their familiarity with data
In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some of the following:
- A Master’s degree in social science, public health, or a related field
- Three years of research experience or graduate-level education in early support or disability services and supports
- Lived experience, personal or professional, with DCYF programs
- Experience with or expert knowledge of early support services for infants and toddlers
- Experience developing surveys and other data collection instruments
- Experience working with children and/or families
- Experience with complex statistical analysis and reporting
- Experience translating complex research to a non-technical audience, orally and in writing
- Experience supporting people who have content expertise but no research training in developing questions to meet their needs
- Experience partnering with a variety of people to identify and resolve complex or sensitive issues
- Active interest in learning and keeping analytic skills and expertise current
The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and families, with an emphasis on reducing disparities based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other socioeconomic factors. We believe our workforce should reflect the communities we serve, and are actively searching for candidates that reflect that diversity.
Washington State offers a generous benefit package including health, dental, and life insurance, retirement, and an optional deferred compensation program.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
For more information and to apply, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/dcyf/jobs/3645425/early-support-for-infants-and-toddlers-evaluator-ma5-multiple-locations-state?keywords=10241&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs.
Applications close September 19, 2022 (midnight).