The Columbia Justice Lab within the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy seeks to appoint two Staff Associates 1 to assist with research on Bruce Western’s New York Rikers Island Longitudinal Study (RILS). The RILS is a panel study of defendants facing a new criminal charge in New York City. The RILS will examine how race, poverty, and related vulnerabilities shape pretrial outcomes.
The Staff Associates will assist the project team with field work, data collection, data coding and data analysis, conducting literature reviews, maintaining the study's IRB documentation, and developing protocols for archiving data.
This position will involve regular travel around the New York City and the Metropolitan New York area for data collection. The Staff Associates will report to Principal Investigator Bruce Western.
Following protocols designed by the Principle Investigator, the Staff Associates will participate in fieldwork, primarily interviewing and subject retention. The Staff Associates will support subject retention by following-up with enrolled participants or their secondary contacts through phone calls, emails, letters, and court visits. When participants are due for their next scheduled interview, the Staff Associates will contact them and conduct the interview either in-person or over the phone. Staff Associates will also support field work by logging retention efforts and scheduled interviews, and filing completed interview materials.
Following established protocols, the incumbents will assist in collecting, coding, and analyzing administrative, qualitative, and quantitative data. This will involve both structured survey interviewing, and semi-structured qualitative interviewing.
The Staff Associates will conduct literature reviews and other online research.
Using knowledge of software programs and research tools (such as Stata, R, Microsoft Excel, Google Suite, and Qualtrics), they will maintain the project's IRB documentation, assist in setting up a digital repository and develop documentation protocols for data archives.
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