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Job Title: Research Associate
Company Name: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Location: Olympia, WA United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 07/06/2022
Expire Date: 08/06/2022
Job Categories: Research & Development
Job Description
Research Associate
Research and Data Analysis (RDA) is hiring researchers with statistical and programming expertise in program monitoring and evaluation in the area of behavioral health and forensic mental health services, particularly those projects that require the use of complex integrated client data.

RDA is a national leader in health and human services research. The high-level statistical research and evaluation performed in these roles contribute to reports used by the State legislature and executive branch to inform policy, programming and budgeting decisions relating to mental health, criminal justice, and other social areas. Join us today on our mission to Transform Lives!

Some of what you’ll do:

Perform expert-level analyses in SAS or SQL, using advanced mathematical methods to determine program impacts and evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral health programs and policies.

Analyze complex behavioral health and forensic mental health data from multiple sources using SAS or SQL.

Conduct sound statistical analyses using SAS and SQL that evaluate the need, demand, use and outcomes of DSHS and Health Care Authority services.

Ensure that studies provide valid, rigorous, professionally sound, policy-relevant and understandable information.

Integrate and analyze data to produce program monitoring reports and respond to ad hoc queries.

Identify measurement concepts, reference code sets, source data tables and programming logic required to create SAS or SQL database and data mart tables measuring longitudinal concepts, maximizing the strategic analytic value of extracted data.

Monitor developments in and changes to social and health measures, data systems and/or performance measures; modify reporting as needed in response to changes.
Qualifications & Requirements
Professionals with a Ph.D. or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, demography, statistics, psychology, or related field. A Master's degree with some documented experience conducting quantitative, policy-relevant research may substitute for a Ph.D.

At least 2 years of work experience using sophisticated quantitative research methods including design, sampling, and complex multivariate statistical analyses.

At least 3 years of work experience conducting quantitative research regarding the impact of programs, interventions, policy changes, and/or predictive analytics relevant to health or social services.

SAS programming skills and recent (within the past two years) use of SAS for statistical analyses and merging data sets. Recent experience with R or STATA with the willingness to learn SAS may substitute.
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Contact Information
Contact Name:Jourdan Kovacs
Company Name: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Contact Email:Jourdan.Kovacs@dshs.wa.gov
Company Description:
Research and Data Analysis (RDA), within the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, is a national leader in health and human services research. RDA consists of a team of over 110 professionals including: • Researchers with backgrounds in economics, sociology, psychology, health services, geography, statistics, and related fields. • IT professionals with expertise in analytical programming, database management, and sophisticated data analysis. • Staff providing graphics production, publication support, web hosting and other support functions for this large research enterprise. RDA provides a unique work environment for pursuing health and social policy research using integrated client data. The State legislature and executive branch use RDA reports to inform policy, programming and budgeting decisions relating to Medicaid, mental health, substance abuse, long-term care, child welfare, education, employment, housing and homelessness, criminal justice, and other social areas. For recent examples of policy briefs, program evaluation and research conducted at RDA, please visit our website: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/rda/ RDA offers competitive salary and state benefits and sits at the center of state government in beautiful Olympia, Washington. Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Olympia is a short distance from the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, ocean beaches, as well as the metropolitan centers of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. With excellent public schools, great universities in the area, and progressive local government, Olympia is a thriving community great for families, active lifestyles, and professionals who want to work directly at the intersection of public policy and research.
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