The Center for Evidence-based Policys mission is to address policy challenges with evidence and collaboration, and it excels in partnerships that develop policy solutions and improve health. The Center primarily works with state governments focused on health policy, decision-making and program administration. The Center actively seeks partners who share its commitment to evidence, integrity, innovation, tangible results, and products that are independent, high-quality and effective in meeting the needs of decision makers. The Center is diverse in people and ideas and actively recruits and retains the highest quality personnel who are committed and passionate about achieving its mission. The Center promotes leadership that inspires innovation, motivates people to perform at their highest levels, and makes the Center a great place to work.
The Research Associate's primary functions are to produce relevant, timely, and actionable systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis products. The evidence synthesis products are most often in the area of health services and technologies, with particular applicability to state Medicaid programs. Successful candidates will have knowledge and experience in evidence review methods (e.g. systematic reviews, rapid reviews), which includes topic identification, selected and comprehensive literature searches, study selection, critical appraisal of studies, evidence synthesis, grading the quality of the evidence, and writing and presentation of evidence synthesis products. The Research Associate will work on a variety of projects at the Center.
Develop and Write Rapid Reviews, Systematic Reviews, and Other Evidence Synthesis Products
Research and analyze the context of the question(s) that clients are asking and convert questions into structured, answerable scope statements
Construct and carry out an appropriate search strategy to address research questions posed by clients
Identify relevant research studies and clinical practice guidelines and determine their relevance to the research question(s)
Use systematic review software programs (e.g., DistillerSR, RevMan) for the development of research products
Critically evaluate the internal and external validity of included research studies
Appropriately assign quality of evidence rating (GRADE) to outcomes for a body of evidence
Develop interview questions and interview key informants, as needed
Prepare research, policy, or other types of reports according to Center style guidelines and research methodologies, ensuring accuracy and clarity, and using narrative text, tables, and appropriate illustrations
Create and manage references in a citation management software program (e.g., EndNote)
Present research findings to clients via webinar or in-person meeting or conference
For candidates with data analysis skills, some portion of their time will also be devoted to these activities
Independently track report progress, anticipating next steps, and gather required information from internal and external contacts to produce high-quality, timely reports.
Respond to peer review and editor comments in a productive and timely manner and adhere to all timelines for projects.
Communication and Dissemination
Develop and maintain effective relationships with Center clients, internal and external evidence resources, and a wide variety of state and federal governmental organizations and community groups.
Represent the Center at selected national and state-level conferences, meetings and other events, preparing materials for distribution and making presentations that effectively communicate research and the Centers goals and mission.
Master's degree relevant to synthesis of health research
At least 3 years of experience assisting with obtaining and synthesizing health research information and drafting this information into narrative reports and presentations
Experience synthesizing evidence for use in decision making
Experience evaluating systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Experience working with state-level datasets, particularly state Medicaid claims data
Experience assessing the quality of a body of evidence and risk of bias
Experience working with a citation management software application (e.g., EndNote)
Experience working collaboratively and closely with colleagues on research projects
Experience presenting research to various audiences, including public sector decision makers
Experience working on multiple research projects simultaneously with excellent organizational skills
Ability to create and implement a search strategy to identify relevant health research
Ability to translate complex findings into digestible and actionable written research products, and oral presentations
Excellent writing, grammatical, and proofreading skills
Proficiency in MS Office applications (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel), and Outlook
Ability to respond positively and proactively to peer review and editor comments
Ability to exercise discretion when dealing with issues of a sensitive nature and to maintain confidentiality at all times
Ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders, including both internal and external customers
Ability to be self-motivated, prioritize effectively, and achieve deadlines
MPH or PhD with a concentration in epidemiology or biostatistics, with direct experience in the theory and practice of systematic reviews (e.g., a certificate or equivalent)
Significant experience tailoring evidence synthesis products to decision makers
Experience evaluating and synthesizing cost-effectiveness literature
Experience conducting meta-analyses and other data analysis (e.g., descriptive data analysis, linear regression, statistical modeling using medical claims data)
Record of peer-reviewed publication
Some health policy (local, state, or federal government or equivalent) experience
Experience working with systematic review applications (e.g., DistillerSR) and statistical software programs (e.g., SAS, SPSS)
Knowledge of effective and efficient approaches to searches using Cochrane Library, PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, and skills with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and a resume or CV.
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