Global Poverty Research Lab Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University
The Kellogg School of Management is looking to hire a Research Associate as an initiative manager to collaborate with Professor Dean Karlan to develop and manage both a research initiative on how evidence influences policy, practice and behavior as well as two courses on effective philanthropy and social impact.
Many evidence-based interventions with positive and reliable effects are not immediately or widely adopted by relevant policy decision-makers. Likewise, when randomized controlled trials of popular programs reveal zero or even negative effects, decision-makers often fail to drop the intervention. The new “Evidence to Policy Initiative” within the Global Poverty Research Lab at Kellogg will explore the obstacles and opportunities to connect evidence to policy.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Coordinate and manage the Global Poverty Research Lab’s Evidence to Policy Initiative. This initially includes four components: (a) an interdisciplinary working group of Northwestern University faculty to explore research on the process of evidence adoption, (b) a research portfolio of ongoing and new projects on the process of evidence adoption, including for example adoption of effective philanthropy principles into charitable giving, as well as adoption of evidence-based policy and practice; (c) Build and manage an active communication strategy for the initiative; and, (d) Two courses, one for MBAs and one for undergraduates, that cover social impact topics and require collaborative work with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises.
PhD or terminal degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields, or the equivalent amount of experience and education
5+ years project management or other relevant experience.
Strong analytical skills
Dedication to furthering the promotion of evidence into policy, practice and behavior
Excellent writer and presenter
Comfort reviewing and applying academic impact evaluation literature
Statistical and econometrics knowledge: ability to review and interpret and critique the results of program evaluations, often but not always randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental methods
Ability to manage multiple independent projects and stakeholders
Demonstrated ability to work well in teams and collaborate effectively
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40568
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.