IPA seeks a Research Coordinator for 6 months to oversee and execute a planning grant to design an impact evaluation of The Bail Project. The Bail Project is a new non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time. Over the next five years, The Bail Project will work with local partners to open dozens of sites in high-need jurisdictions and pay bail for tens of thousands of low-income individuals at risk of pretrial detention.

The Research Coordinator’s work will be guided by Prof. Dean Karlan, Prof. JJ Prescott, and Prof. Jonathan Zinman, who are the academic researchers on this project. The Research Coordinator will also collaborate very closely with staff from The Bail Project to develop an impact evaluation proposal. This is a unique opportunity for an outstanding individual to act as a critical bridge between leading academic researchers and staff implementing the program on the ground. The Research Coordinator must possess the technical skills to ensure the highest quality and rigor in the design of the research, the communication skills (written and verbal presentation) to maintain strong connections with our partners, and the managerial skills to efficiently and effectively manage complex workflows, staff teams, and project financials (i.e. budgets, grants).

As an ideal candidate, you not only have a rock solid technical foundation in impact evaluation methodology, but you can also independently guide and direct the activities that happen both upstream and downstream of any rigorous randomized evaluation (i.e. mapping theory of change, measurement design and piloting, data analysis, results communication, etc.). You excel in solving problems using clear, strategic, and creative thinking. You have a strong social acumen, and are excited about the opportunity to broaden, deepen, and manage a meaningful partnership with The Bail Project.

  • Serve as IPA’s organizational lead for the planning phase of a rigorous multi-site research study on the impact of bail (Oct 2018- Mar 2019)
    • Meet weekly with The Bail Project to plan and track progress on all aspects of the planning phase
    • Manage overall project timelines and deliverables
    • Gather and communicate feedback from IPA staff and academic researchers
    • Lead process with the operations teams from The Bail Project to select sites for feasibility analysis
    • Coordinate and attend site visits
    • Support and review drafts for a final proposal for an impact study
  • Following planning phase, act as the point of contact and project lead for overseeing the execution of the research study (contingent on funding for the full proposal)
  • Degree in economics, political science, public health, public policy, or related fields (quantitative background preferred). A graduate degree is strongly preferred.
  • Strong analytical abilities, both quantitative and qualitative. Mastery of impact evaluation methodology and applications.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently. (Three to five years of research or management experience is a plus.)
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and perform in an entrepreneurial atmosphere.
  • Ability to present information in an insightful and structured manner, both written and oral, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external partners.
  • Experience developing and managing project budgets
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in racial and social justice or criminal defense; experience working on research and/or analyzing administrative data in the criminal justice context a plus
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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


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