dcsimg

Career Story: Program Evaluator At A University

Program Evaluator At A University

Job Title: Program Evaluator

Type of Company: I work at a university on a research study funded by the Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund

Education: PhD in Child and Family Policy from Tufts University. •• MA in Early Childhood Education from Tufts Universtiy •• B.A. in English from Oberlin College

Previous Experience: I was a college English major who wound up working with little kids post-grad, which inspired me to go back to school for a Masters in teaching. But as a teacher, I realized that I wanted to work with the issues surrounding families within a broader, and more political framework, and so I went back to school again, this time to study policy. After graduating I got a job doing policy analysis and research.

Job Tasks: I am the director of a research evaluation of a home visiting program for young parents. Our job is to find out whether the home visiting program is effective in meetings its goals for these young parents. We have recruited around 800 adolescent pregnant and/or parenting women from across the state of Massachusetts to participate in the study. At three different time points, over two years, our team of researchers interviews by phone, and by person these young women, asking them all sorts of questions about their lives, their childhoods, their parenting, and their babies.

My job is to make sure the whole project runs smoothly.I supervise the graduate students and staff who conduct the interviews, I manage the recruitment process, I talk to the programs and agencies that administer the home visiting program and are helping us to enroll participants in the study. I facilitate and maintain data sharing relationships with other state agencies in Massachusetts, and make sure that all of our protocols are approved by the Institutional Review Boards at Tufts and the other state agencies. I also work with the data, or information, we have collected, running analyses and writing reports.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: My favorite part of this job is talking to the teen moms, and also with the program staff who work with them. I also really like the work I do with my students and staff--we work together very well as a team, and all have a passion for the ideas that we cultivate together.

What I don't love about my job are the more bureaucratic aspects of it, (e.g., working on the budget.)

Job Tips: If you want to do a job like mine--conducting research on programs and policies designed to help people--you probably ultimately would need to get an MA or PhD in a field like child development, psychology, child and family policy, etc.

But actually I think the best thing you could do right now--as a high school or college student possibly interested in such work--is to volunteer with either a research project that does program evaluation, or with the actual programs themselves. For instance, you could hook up with a team that was researching the effects of new program for the homeless, OR you could actually volunteer with the homeless program being studied.

At our project, we love to take in motivated students who are interested in learning about how research works, who want to understand more about teenage mothers, or who just want to learn how to construct a database.

Popular Schools offering Social Services Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.

  • Programs: Master of Social Work
  • Degrees: Master
  • Programs: Master of Social Work
  • Degrees: Master

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: MA Human Services: Military Resilience, MA Human Services: Christian Ministry, MA in Professional Counseling - 60 Hour, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning.

  • Programs: Online Master of Arts in Counseling - Professional School Counseling (PSC)
  • Degrees: Master

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

  • Programs: Sports Counseling (Certificate) - Online, Law and Public Policy Certificate, Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Counseling (Certificate) - Online, more...
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Programs: Human Services (MS), Counseling Psychology (EdD), Counseling Psychology(EdD) (Online), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate
Matching School Ads
You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Social And Community Service Managers, including: