Research Associate, Research for Better Schools

Posted by Research for Better Schools on June 2, 2014

As Philadelphia’s longest operating educational research and evaluation firm, RBS conducts rigorous, independent social science research that produces useful and actionable results. Our work at the local, regional, and national levels exemplifies our mission to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn across the life cycle. Projects are funded by federal agencies, state departments of education, universities, and other education entities. Our current project portfolio includes work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; school improvement through professional development; educational technology; and policy analyses.

The Research Associate’s workscope involves assisting with data design, collection, and analysis, including but not limited to activities such as administering surveys, conducting individual and group interviews, observing classrooms and professional development, and analyzing secondary data. The researcher also develops statistical tables, reviews literature, writes reports, and presents research findings in informal and formal settings. RBS places a priority on providing prompt and clear feedback to clients in a variety of formats, such as written reports, oral presentations, and debriefing sessions with stakeholders. Since RBS is funded through competitive contracts and grants, all staff members share responsibility for developing proposals for new projects and otherwise marketing the organization.

The Research Associate position requires relevant academic training in the social sciences, and at least one year’s experience directly working in an educational research environment. A Master’s degree is preferred; however, candidates with substantial evaluation experience who lack a graduate degree will also be considered. The position reports to the RBS Associate Executive Director.


  • Assist in the prepararation of proposals for funding.
  • Assist in the design, development, and implementation of project work plans.
  • Conduct fieldwork, such as observations, interviews, surveys, and tests.
  • Create, maintain, and revise databases in EXCEL and SPSS.
  • Enter, scan, organize, and clean data files (training provided).
  • Assist in performing qualitative and quantitative analyses.
  • Assist in the prepararation of reports on funded projects.
  • Assist with development and marketing strategies.
  • Promote and maintain productive relationships with other RBS staff and clients.

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