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Research and Evaluation Lead in Houston, TX at BakerRipley

Date Posted: 4/22/2018

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Job Description


The Support Services departments at BakerRipley work in partnership with all divisions to maintain, operate, and deliver services that help keep our region a place of opportunity for all.


Designs and leads research and evaluation projects to prove and improve Neighborhood Centers’ impact on individual and family outcomes in four strategic areas: earn, learn, belong, and be well.

Develops, standardizes, and implements agency research and evaluation processes and practices, including but not limited to applying a participatory approach to research, producing annual and quarterly reports, conducting program evaluations that inform improvements and lead to improved outcomes, and defining responsibilities amongst PP&E team members and program staff.

Analyzes data, conducts research, and works collaboratively with program and PP&E staff to support data-driven decision-making, continuous quality improvement efforts, program planning, resource development, and marketing. Enhances staff capacity for continuous improvement by making data and research accessible and user-friendly, supporting and training staff, and developing other tools for disseminating actionable information. 

Shares knowledge and increases awareness of Neighborhood Centers’ approach and impact through publications and presentations when possible.  


  • Articulates and champions innovative ideas and strategies designed to better measure and articulate agency and program value
  • Leads multi-disciplinary, cross agency teams in major research projects that inform and evidence BakerRipleys’ impact on the lives of people and families
  • Facilitates major agency accountability efforts, including but not limited to producing the United Way report, Quarterly Program Performance Report, and Apricot implementation
  • Develops, standardizes and implements program evaluation including planning, team management, data collection, storage, analysis, dissemination, and continuous improvement
  • Coordinates internal and external experts/stakeholders groups to inform agency research and evaluation projects
  • Works collaboratively with program staff and leadership to standardize outputs, outcomes, reporting, and continuous quality improvement processes to prove and improve agency impact
  • Catalogues and disseminates public and agency data and information spanning various levels of analysis, presenting data and information creatively and in a range of formats
  • Tracks, maintains, and utilizes public and agency information to describe past, present, future populations or neighborhoods of interest. Responds to requests for information and data from across the agency in a timely manner
  • Synthesizes information on best and promising practice for existing or proposed programs or information relevant to new initiatives through briefs, memos, or white papers
  • Works with the grant development staff to inform grant proposals and draft reports that meet both funding source requirements and agency standards of quality. Researches funding streams that further agency’s mission, particularly research grants and academic partnerships
  • Supports program design in developing and revising program plans by researching best/promising practice, informing logic models and Theories of Change, and providing geo-mapping or evaluation tools
  • Works with agency staff to apply and improve the Appreciative Community Building methodology
  • Develops and implements new approaches to increase efficiency and enhance capacity for the team and agency
  • Contributes to knowledge building by disseminating work across a range of platforms and audiences
  • Identifies and participates in professional development opportunities that will enhance knowledge and the quality of PP&E services
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements



  • Master’s is required, PhD preferred Preferred majors include sociology, psychology, public policy, public administration, political science, or applied statistics


  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively coordinate, plan, and prioritize multiple projects with demanding deadlines
  • Ability to effectively build relationships, lead teams and manage projects that involve multiple stakeholders
  • Effective communication skills that facilitate collaboration and understanding, including strong verbal, written, and editorial/proofreading skills
  • Experience analyzing small and large data sets 

  • Strong qualitative data analysis skills using appropriate software e.g. Dedoose 
  • Quantitative data analysis skills using appropriate software e.g. SPSS
  • Qualitative data analysis skills using appropriate software e.g. Atlas.ti
  • Comfortable navigating public information sources such as federal census data
  • Attention to detail and ability to produce documents with minimal errors
  • Strong persuasive writing skills to craft proposals, summaries, and reports
  • Ability to represent data visually and graphically 

  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, Raiser’s Edge, online research tools)
  • Understanding of Appreciative Inquiry is a plus
  • Connection/relationships with academic institutions in the region a plus 


  • Microsoft Office Suite, Raiser’s Edge


  • Bilingualism is a plus