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


Now Accepting Intern Applications for Spring 2015


Spring 2015 Internships

Spring internships run from January – May.  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.


Evaluation of 21st Century Programs Project Intern

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: The intern will mainly work on 21st Century project but will also contribute to other projects. The tasks will include collecting quantitative data for the projects, cleaning data and preparing for analysis. The interns will also work with other team members to conduct basic descriptive analysis, and create graphs, tables, and bullets to summarize and explain data and the results from analyses.

Desired Skills and Experience: Basic knowledge in statistics and education, experience using statistical software packages such as PSSA, SAS, or STATA and desire to learn STATA; proficiency in Microsoft Office Word and Excel, ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Hours: 10 – 20 per week