Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Tufts Disciplinary Evaluation Research (TIER), Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University
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This individual will have the opportunity to work on several state-funded projects focused on home visiting. Potential projects include the Massachusetts Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood (MA MIECHV) coordinated state evaluation (CSE), which is focused on family engagement and health equity; an evaluation of the development and implementation of an MA MIECHV Equity Data Dashboard (a recently-awarded MIECHV Innovations grant); and supporting Healthy Families Massachusetts (HFM), the state’s largest home visiting program, with data disaggregation efforts to understand racial equity in service delivery.
Responsibilities of the postdoctoral position will include:
• Finalizing evaluation plans and timelines with clients
• Writing IRB applications, liaising with Tufts IRB, and managing the application process
• Facilitating community working groups to co-develop surveys
• Designing and piloting surveys
• Designing and implementing qualitative studies
• Conducting data cleaning and organization (e.g., creating codebooks) of quantitative/qualitative evaluation data from a range of sources in preparation for analyses
• Supervising and mentoring TIER research staff and students
• Drafting proposals, grants, and budgets for new areas of work
• Collaborating on evaluations with the MA Department of Public Health, other agencies, and community service providers
• Writing reports and papers including summaries and data visualization for a range of audiences


The ideal postdoctoral candidate will have:
• A doctoral degree in psychology, human development, applied developmental science, policy, program evaluation, public health, or a related field within the past 5 years
• Strong quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation skills
• Strong and demonstrated commitment to issues of equity and social justice
• Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple streams of work simultaneously
• An ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary research team, yet feel comfortable making decisions independently
• Strong communication and writing skills and ability to prepare clear documentation
• Experience with community engagement and working directly with families and frontline staff
• Experience evaluating home visiting or related family support programs

Organization Summary

Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research (TIER) comprises a team of professors, senior research analysts, graduate and undergraduate students, and community evaluators who conduct independent, high-quality, collaborative evaluation research on family support program implementation and outcomes; racial equity in programs and systems; systems-building processes at state and community levels; and effective interventions for families experiencing challenges related to substance use, child welfare system, and juvenile or criminal justice systems.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
approximately $70,000

574 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
United States

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send cover letter and CV to Becky ([email protected]) and Jess ([email protected]).

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