Now Hiring:

Research for Action (RFA) is seeking full and/or part-time Quantitative Researcher(s) to contribute to policy and evaluation studies in urban educational settings through research, data analysis, and writing. Quantitative Researchers participate in a variety of team-based research projects across a range of content areas. The job title and salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the candidates.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD in a relevant field such as statistics, sociology, education, economics, psychology, or public policy.
  • Quantitative research experience in educational settings.
  • Experience with, and/or strong interested in mastering, survey research (i.e., survey design, survey implementation software, analysis).
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to work collaboratively with team members on projects and ease at building rapport with interviewees, clients, and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated research interests in one or more of RFA’s core research areas:
    • K-16 district, state and federal policy
    • Urban school reform
    • Out-of-school programming
    • Youth development
    • Literacy
    • Teacher quality and effectiveness
    • College access and success
    • Commitment to improving public education

To Apply: Please send your resume, cover letter and a writing sample to applicants@researchforaction.org




Fall 2014 Internships

Fall internships run from September – December.  Exact start and end dates are based on the needs of the project and the availability of the student.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resumé to applicants@researchforaction.org.  In your email, please include the two projects you’d most like to work on selected from the list below.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Research for Action qualifies for work study and PHEAA and interns may also be eligible for course credit.


Administrative Communications Intern

The Administrative Communications intern will assist the Communications Director with an overhaul of our publications database. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and organized. Experience with databases a plus, but not required. Undergraduates interested in business, IT, communications, and library science are encouraged to apply.

Hours: 10-15 per week


PACTT Project Intern

Project Description: Research for Action is working with the Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance (PACTT) to develop an evidence base for their work through refining data collection, analyzing PACTT data, assessing variation in PACTT implementation and participating in administrative meetings. PACTT’s mission is to ensure that youths in correctional institutions in Pennsylvania receive rigorous, relevant and high-quality education that prepares them for graduation, post-secondary education and family-sustaining careers.  They are further committed to ensuring that their education and employment opportunities continue seamlessly when they leave juvenile justice programs.

Intern Role: The primary role of the intern is to work with the new data system created for the PACTT affiliates. The database is a pilot, and the intern would play a critical role in developing strategies for obtaining data from the database, cleaning the data, identifying questions/problems with the data and creating reports. There will also be an opportunity to participate in interviews and transcription.

Hours: 10 – 15 per week

Evaluation of 21st Century Programs Project Interns

Project Description: RFA serves as the local evaluator for twelve 21st Century providers of community youth programs and Out-of-School Time educational opportunities for students in the Philadelphia area.  As the local evaluator, RFA examines the implementation of the 21st Century programs and outcomes related to student attendance, academic achievement, and behavior.

Intern Role: There is one opening for a student with practical basic knowledge of statistical software (STATA preferred, but applicants with coding experience in other programming languages and are fast learners will be considered). This student will participate in quantitative coding, basic data preparation and cleaning of large data sets. Graduate student preferred, but will consider undergraduates with the right level of experience.

Hours: 10 – 20 per week