Research and Evaluation Officer

The de Beaumont Foundation advances policy, builds partnerships, and strengthens public health to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health. Our work centers around three main priority areas:

  • Policy: We advance policies that improve community health, so that current and future generations can benefit from changes enacted by today’s leaders.
  • Partnerships: We build partnerships, often among unlikely allies, so that leaders can make decisions that achieve their shared goal of creating healthier communities.
  • People: We create practical solutions that strengthen the public health system and workforce, so that professionals are equipped to make their communities healthier.

The de Beaumont Foundation is committed at all levels to promoting strategic learning and knowledge sharing, both internally and externally. To that end, we use a wide range of information, analyses, and forms of evaluation to help us understand how to invest our time and resources in line with our program strategies and overall foundation mission. We are intentional about devoting time and resources to evaluation, reflection, and learning activities, and share what we learn with each other, our grantees, our partners, the broader field, and the public. The de Beaumont Foundation is equally committed to the creation of knowledge through partnerships with other organizations, funded grant activities, and the analysis of existing data that is either underutilized or that can be utilized in new, innovative ways.

Reporting to the Vice President for Impact, the Research and Evaluation Officer (REO) will lead the Foundation’s program evaluation efforts. S/he will assess progress toward specific grantee goals and outcomes and progress toward the Foundation’s goals. The REO will work with grantees and partners, as necessary, to formulate logic models, define target outcomes, and assess progress toward stated goals and objectives. S/he will use process and outcome data to support continued funding and evaluate the effectiveness of the Foundation’s grantmaking.

The REO will have a role in all grantmaking activities to ensure appropriate metrics are included at the inception of all Foundation-funded projects. S/he will support strategic and tactical efforts to achieve grantee, portfolio, and Foundation-level goals. The REO will provide technical assistance to grantees and assure all Foundation research-oriented projects are conducted, analyzed, and reported rigorously. The position is also responsible for the continued development of the Foundation’s intramural research program, which relies heavily on primary data collection and secondary data analysis.

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to strategy design for the Foundation’s initiatives: identify and analyze evidence of effects of related approaches, identify and analyze policy challenges and opportunities for an initiative to inform policy discussion, and ensure an evidence-based approach is fully integrated into the strategy.
  • Identify knowledge gaps and design and manage research projects focused on generating results that would most benefit practitioners and policymakers and advance knowledge in the field.
  • Contribute to the review and selection of grantees.
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees on evaluation and data collection.
  • Assess the evaluation needs of grantees.
  • Design and successfully complete evaluations to assess the progress and performance of complex multiyear projects.
  • Analyze results and present evaluation findings clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing.
  • Promote an approach to evaluation that informs decision making, improves program performance, and promotes learning.
  • Develop and implement strategies to track and measure key metrics that gauge the overall performance of the Foundation and each of the Foundation’s portfolio areas.
  • Develop self-assessment and process metrics to measure the Foundation’s operation.
  • Maintain and develop processes to assess the quality and impact of the Foundation’s grants, including through routine interpretation and analysis of grantee reports.
  • Maintain and develop systems for data gathering, aggregation, and analysis.
  • Conduct research on assigned topics to inform and support effective grantmaking.
  • Develop opportunities to share results and lessons learned about the foundation’s grantmaking.
  • Design and implement processes to ensure appropriate measurement of return on investment.

Required Skills

  • Completion of an advanced degree (e.g. MA, MPH) and three to five years of relevant experience.
  • A combination of education and experience may be substituted for the education requirements.
  • Depth and breadth of knowledge of evaluation as represented by responsibility for design and implementation of a broad range of applied evaluation tools, methodologies, and techniques.
  • Experience with research design and qualitative techniques such as focus groups, interviews, case studies, and rigorous qualitative analysis.
  • Experience managing research studies.
  • Familiarity with the sources and analytic methods for existing secondary public health systems data.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal staff and external evaluators and to draw meaningful conclusions from evaluation findings.
  • Flexibility in methods and approaches used.
  • Evidence of scientific publishing and completed evaluation projects.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including ability to work with all levels of the organization and to convey technical concepts to non-technical staff.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, including research and statistical methods.
  • Demonstrated skills in data analysis, focus groups, and/or key informant interviews.
  • Ability to synthesize findings for audiences of varying evaluation knowledge.
  • Proficiency with software used for data management and analysis (SPSS, Stata, SAS, or R and NVivo or Atlas TI). GIS proficiency is a plus.
  • Strong project management skills. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to move quickly from one project to another, marshal resources, and manage expectations and timelines to achieve results.
  • Quick-thinking, creative, flexible, and entrepreneurial. Able to work independently and autonomously to effectively analyze issues; think imaginatively about opportunities; identify potential connections; and respond with novel and innovative approaches to addressing an issue.
  • Ability to build solid relationships both inside and outside the Foundation to influence positive outcomes.
  • Commitment to accountability and transparency.
  • Excellent conceptual, analytic and forward thinking skills.
  • Some travel may be required.

Application Information

Candidates should send cover letter, resume, and salary history/requirements to sellers@debeaumont.org.

The de Beaumont Foundation offers competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a collegial work environment. Our office is located in Bethesda, Md.

The de Beaumont Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Written by Mark Miller

Mark Miller is the Vice President of Communications at the de Beaumont Foundation. Follow him on Twitter at @mmiller20910.