Research Analyst

Action Research conducts research, evaluation and policy analysis to improve human services, primarily in child welfare and juvenile justice.  Our work includes supporting reforms in systems serving vulnerable children, youth and families by designing and testing new solutions and innovations in New York City and across the country. Working directly with government, service providers, and other stakeholders, we conduct exploratory research; policy and business process analysis; performance measurement; and program evaluations.  For more information, see


General Description

Action Research is looking for a Research Analyst to advance applied research and system reform projects.  This is an excellent opportunity for professionals seeking an applied research career.  We are seeking to fill the position immediately.



Working with a small team of dedicated colleagues, the Research Analyst will manage applied research projects, design and conduct administrative data analyses and surveys, draft and deliver presentations, contribute to proposal writing, conduct interviews and focus groups, and contribute to the growth and quality of our organization.  This position requires a passion for improving services for disadvantaged children, youth and families; great attention to detail; strong data analysis and writing skills; comfort with working independently and in a team; and strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

Specific projects and activities may include participating in some or all of the following:

  • Analyzing data to support the monitors of federal child welfare class action litigation
  • Conducting analysis to improve the recruitment, training, support, and retention of foster parents
  • Designing strategies to increase reunification, adoption, and subsidized guardianship of children and youth in foster care
  • Modeling the potential impact of financial incentives for service providers
  • Studying models of parent legal representation in Family Court proceedings on child welfare outcomes
  • Presenting findings and options to government leaders, practitioners, nonprofit executives, youth and parent, and other stakeholders


  • Master’s degree in sociology, economics, public policy, public administration, or other social science related degree
  • Familiarity with and interest in administrative data analysis, performance measurement, business process analysis, and other types of public policy analysis
  • Fluency using SPSS, Stata, R, SAS or similar statistical package; syntax writing required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel and PowerPoint, and comfort with online applications
  • Familiarity with SQL, QGIS or other mapping software, and other analytic software a plus but not required
  • Experience in grant-funded research, qualitative research methods, and/or Spanish fluency a plus
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • While knowledge of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems is a plus, it is not required.
  • Enthusiasm for improving social service systems for children, youth, and families.


Hours, Salary and Office

Salary and excellent benefits competitive with high quality research organizations. Benefits include health insurance, long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending account, pre-tax transit check, and after one year, eligibility for 401(k) and education benefit. Generous holiday, vacation, personal, and sick time.


How to Apply:
Please send a resume; an original sample of command line syntax using statistical software; a short writing sample; and a cover letter explaining your interest in the mission of Action Research to with a subject line of “Research Analyst Opportunity”.  Due to the large number of applications, emails and phone calls to Action Research staff are strongly discouraged.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Action Research is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status.