The Research Data Analyst utilizes multiple quantitative and qualitative datasets from a variety of sources and interprets results using various techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation via statistical analysis to complex data mining. This role assists in the design, development and implementation of business solutions partnering with clients to identify analytical requirements. This role compiles reports, charts, and tables based on established statistical methods. Works in collaboration with, and as an advisor to the Therapeutic Residential Performance Management Initiative Team (Team Coordinator, Manager, Clinical Specialists, and Monitors), focusing on quality data capture, assessment, evaluation, and reporting activities to characterize, and support the improvement of therapeutic residential services and operations (TRSO). This role collects, integrates, and disseminates quantitative and qualitative data about TRSO – their execution, efficiency, and efficacy.
- Partners with clients to define requirements based on business objectives.
- Collaborate/coordinate with DCFS and Therapeutic Residential Providers’ CQI and QI management staff to facilitate information exchange.
- Coordinate/collaborate with other TRPMI CQI Specialists to share best practices and pitfalls.
- Develop standardized templates, policies, and procedures for internal and external reporting.
- Designs and prepares documentation for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
- Maintain a record of TRSO CQI and Quality Improvement Plans’ status, progress, and schedule compliance.
- Generate and interpret data reports to convey the level and trend of TRSO quality improvement initiatives.
- Completes a variety of statistical analyses using appropriate data and software
- Merges data from multiple sources in preparation for analysis.
- Interprets results of analyses for use in reports and presentations
- Incorporate existing DCFS reporting resources (e.g. Performance Based Contracting metrics and Mindshare Director’s Metrics) to inform and direct TRSO quality improvement initiatives.
- Provide technical assistance and training to Residential Providers’ CQI/QI management staff to improve their data collection and reporting processes, enhancing accuracy, completeness, timeliness and consistency.
- Incorporate CQI best practices into residential providers’ CQI initiatives
- Supports CQI planning and execution activities, providing data-informed observations and recommendations.
- Completes data cleaning and organizes data files for analysis.
- Reviews data and Identifies quality issues
- Analyze TRSO data to determine potential issues or effective practices, and advise TRPMI members of these items.
- Interview youth and residential staff as indicated.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
- Infrastructure (extends across applications): Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook), Microsoft SharePoint
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related field. Experience in child welfare could be considered in lieu of a degree in the social service field.
- Familiar with basic statistics and data analysis tools and concepts.
- Experience in a quality assurance related position.
- Previous experience with child welfare operations and CQI methods and model.
- Knowledge of state/federal child welfare data sources and requirements.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.