The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare is located in the School of Social Work in the College of Education and Human Development. CASCW supports the education and training of child welfare professionals, identifies and examines effective child welfare practice methods, informs the public and policy makers about various child welfare issues, and incorporates research and evaluation findings into School of Social Work curriculum and training opportunities. The Minn-LInK project – housed at CASCW – uses integrated administrative data from multiple agencies to answer questions about the effects of policies, programs, and practice on the well-being of children in Minnesota. Minn-LInK researchers also produce training relevant to public child welfare employees based upon knowledge developed within the project. State agencies that provide data work in partnership with CASCW to discuss and address child welfare and child well-being policy questions.
The researcher hired in this position will be responsible for collaborating with CASCW leadership and the Department of Human Services System of Care team to support the development of an integrated data system for children’s mental health (funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA]). The researcher will work in partnership with CASCW leadership staff to 1) amend existing Minn-LInK data sharing agreements and/or secure new data sharing agreements necessary for the future development of a children’s mental health dashboard, 2) pilot the integration and reporting of children’s mental health data across systems via a technical report that addresses a set of prioritized multisystem research questions, and 3) identify funding opportunities and initiate preliminary contracts for the development of a children’s mental health dashboard.
Data Mapping, Integration, and Reporting (55%)
Conduct a data map of children’s mental health services in Minnesota
Prepare research plans for submission to the University of Minnesota IRB
Adhere to data security and confidentiality protocols,
Integrate child-level data across data systems via matching data/records from multiple administrative datasets,
Clean, recode, and analyze data,
Prepare a technical report and Minn-LInK brief for key stakeholders and/or funders,
Prepare and present findings to study investigators, community stakeholders, state agency personnel, and/or the academic community, as appropriate,
Project Management (30%)
Facilitate stakeholder engagement and communication among System of Care team members, CASCW researchers, University of Minnesota partners, state agency partners, and community members
Plan and sequence project activities
Maintain adherence to project schedule
Project progress reporting
Provide support in the development of sustainability plans for post-award project activities
Data Management & Administration (15%)
Follow protocols for storing and utilizing multiple statewide, identified (highly confidential) data sets spanning a period of 18 years via a secure project-specific server, including but not limited to data from the Minnesota Departments of Human Services, Education, and Corrections
Carry out the integration and de-identification of statewide, administrative datasets for on-going utilization
Developing grant proposals to obtain funding for project- or study-specific needs, including proposals to national and state funders as well as foundations.
Supporting the on-going management and capacity-building of the Minn-LInK project, including but not limited to development of project materials and engagement in conversation with new stakeholders for expansion purposes.
Participating in CASCW All Staff, CASCW Research & Evaluation, and SSW Council meetings.
Advanced degree in social work, public health, education, or related social science discipline with one or more years of research training
Demonstrated project development and project management skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills – both technical and scholarly
Robust quantitative analysis skills
Strong organizational and time management skills
Demonstrated ability to translate research findings into reports and presentations accessible by frontline practitioners and educators
Understanding of children’s mental health service delivery systems
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
PhD in social work, family studies, education, or related field with substantial research & publication record
Experience providing technical assistance to community and University partners
Experience using methodologies to match/integrate data across systems
Experience working with State educational, child welfare, or other State system data
Experience working with large administrative data sets to measure outcomes
Advanced knowledge of and experience working with statistical computing software (SPSS, R, or STATA)
Understanding of the child welfare system and foster care service delivery
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