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CEA Program: Research Assistant for Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy

DUE is home to IEL which is sponsoring these types of positions across campus. This specific position is part of the Community Engagement Associates program in which students work in a specific department on campus to support campus and community engagement initiatives. You will see more information on the specific job and department below.

Overview of department:
The Center for Research on Inclusion & Social Policy (CRISP) was created to address complex social issues and the effects of social policy through applied, data-driven, and translational research. CRISP analyzes and disseminates community-relevant research about social disparities and policy issues. CRISP is housed within the IU Public Policy Institute (PPI), which also supports the Center for Health & Justice Research (CHJR), the Manufacturing Policy Initiative (MPI), and the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR).

Project summary:
  1. Full-Service Community Schools - Full Service Community Schools is a federal program that provides holistic academic, social, and health services for students, student’s families, and community members. The goal of the program is to improve educational outcomes for K-12 students through quality early childhood education, academic enrichment, and remedial programs. These outcomes are enhanced through greater family engagement and parental involvement in their children's educational trajectory.
  2. The CRISP Research and Evaluation Clinic - The Clinic provides pro-bono evaluation services to nonprofits in the Central Indiana area.

Specific tasks that the community engagement associate will complete: 
Duties of the position typically include the following:

For both projects, the CEA will complete the following tasks:
  1. Develop data collection materials, such as interview and focus group protocols, and survey instruments
  2. Attend monthly partner meetings and help coordinate meetings with community partners
  3. Conduct data analysis, including qualitative and quantitative data analyses
  4. Help to write and develop research/evaluation reports
  5. Help in the design and planning of site observations and other research related activities

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the project coordinator to have:
  1. Interest in community-engaged research, working with community service providers and organizations, and learning about historically underserved communities in Indianapolis.
  2. Interest and knowledge of issues relating to social policy and equity.
  3. Student has excellent communication skills. They are dependable and responsive to communication from supervisors.
  4. Effective problem-solving and time management skills 5. Student takes initiative. They can act on own, take responsibility to accomplish needed work, and is resourceful.
  5. Willingness to learn and work collaboratively with other team members

Preferred but not required:
  • Experience and knowledge of conducting literature review
  • Experience writing about research, writing research papers, or reports for class assignments
  • Data management (i.e. downloading data, cleaning data, and making visualizations based on data)
  • Experience with Excel and Microsoft Word

Learning objectives:
By the end of this position assignment, the student will meet the following learning objectives
  1. The CEA is able to name at least one civic issue and articulate how various societal systems and processes address this (and other) civic issues.
  2. The CEA values collaborating with others, especially those individuals representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints.
  3. The CEA demonstrates empathy, openness, inclusiveness, and sensitivity when working with diverse others.
  4. The CEA analyzes diverse perspectives and evaluates how these perspectives influence their own norms and biases.
  5. The CEA feels a sense of responsibility and commitment to use the knowledge gained in their higher education experiences to serve others.