The Research Project Manager for the People Lab will work closely with a diverse team of scholars who are passionate about conducting collaborative, applied, data-driven research on key priorities in government. Projects range from: how to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, how to reduce burnout in front line workers, and how to increase take-up of anti-poverty programs. The vast majority of studies involve a randomized controlled trial (RCT), and direct collaboration with government agencies and other stakeholders.
This position is ideal for candidates that feel comfortable coordinating a team, leading meetings with government and with academics, and supporting junior research staff. The position will be working on many projects simultaneously at a fast pace, and will be involved in all aspects of projects including: project scoping and design, communication with government partners, field visits, coordination of other staff, applying for funding, and producing policy-relevant and academically-relevant publications. They will also be responsible for helping grow the team into a well-functioning, productive, and happy lab.
This position will be posted as a one-year position. Ideally, however, the position would be held for a minimum of two years; renewal contingent upon effective performance. This is a full-time benefits-eligible position.
About the People Lab The People Lab, led by Professor Elizabeth Linos, aims to empower the public sector by producing cutting-edge research on the people of government and the communities they are called to serve. Using evidence from public management and insights from behavioral science, we study, design, and test strategies that can solve urgent public sector challenges in three core areas:
Strengthening the government workforce - how to recruit, retain and support diverse talent in the public sector that can effectively and equitably respond to the changing needs of residents.
Improving resident-government interactions - how to reduce barriers to equitable access to government services, mitigate the burdens that residents face when they interact with their government, and increase trust and satisfaction through such interactions.
Reimagining the production and use of evidence - how to better include historically excluded voices in the design, implementation and evaluation of government innovations, and support the equitable adoption of best practice at scale.
The majority of our projects are co-designed with public sector partner agencies in order to ensure feasibility in the short-term and scalability in the long-term.
About the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University The People Lab is housed at the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University. The Center aims to strengthen city leadership and governance, and serve as a hub of world-class programs, teaching, and research on cities. It brings together faculty, students, and expertise from around Harvard to engage in continuous interaction with practice.
The Research Project Manager will lead the coordination and management of a broad portfolio of research projects, with key responsibilities to include:
Managing relationships with government partners including regular engagement and client management, project management, troubleshooting issues, and being the main point of contact for those partners
Managing project timelines and deliverables of high quality rigorous research, analysis, and design; writing and editing; and delivery and presentation of research output.
Conducting statistical and econometric analysis using Stata or R on administrative data sets and/or other incoming data, including cleaning data correctly, conducting analysis in accordance with pre-analysis plans, and presenting and visualizing the results in various formats (tables/graphs, etc.)
Designing and implementing rigorous research designs, including–but not limited to --randomized control trials (RCTs), survey experiments, and behavioral interventions under the supervision of Research and Faculty Director(s).
Designing and conducting surveys, both online and in the field.
Supporting the full research implementation pipeline, including data use agreements, IRB protocols, research design and implementation, and drafting analysis plans.
Supporting the authorship of academic papers, policy reports, and other publications by conducting literature reviews, editing or drafting text, and preparing manuscripts for publication
Coordinating knowledge sharing within and across research project teams
Seeking funding opportunities and supporting the preparation of grant proposals in concert with Research Directors and Principal Investigators.
Other duties as assigned.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire, with possibility of renewal.
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