Data Collector for MPSI Projects
The Missouri Prevention Science Institute hires multiple part-time data collectors each semester. A partnership with data collectors is essential to the successful evaluation of many of our programs, including the STARS, DiSCO, and ECP projects currently, as the work of the data collectors can have potent impacts on the integrity of the assessment measures.
- The STARS Project takes place in the Columbia Public School system during four data collection periods from September-May, transportation is not provided. Data Collectors do not need full-day availability for this project, but flexibility is a necessity. Contact Toby Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The DiSCO Project is a federally-funded study evaluating the efficacy of Safe and Civil School Leadership (SCSL), a professional development program designed to promote effective school leadership skills. This project takes place in St. Louis area school districts with three data collection periods throughout the academic year. Transportation will be provided. This Data Collector position is open to graduate and undergraduate students. All data collectors are monetarily compensated with $15/hr. There will be paid training to learn how to conduct behavioral observations, surveys, and testing with high school students. Data Collectors must have at least one weekday available from 5:00AM‑4:00PM with more days of availability preferred. This is a great opportunity for students looking for research experience, especially in a school setting. Contact Project Coordinator Carolyn Conway at email@example.com for more information!
- Exploring Cultural Practices (ECP) is a federally-funded exploratory, multilevel-study project to (1) define and specify discrete indicators of culturally responsive practices in classrooms; to (2) confirm and refine teacher and student surveys and classroom direct observation tools to measure these discrete indicators; and (3) develop, refine, and evaluate a theory of change linking these malleable indicators of CRPs with student academic and behavioral outcomes. The new data collected during this project’s duration will take place in three school districts in Missouri and two school districts in Maryland. For the Missouri data collection process, collection periods occur throughout the academic year, and data collectors will be conducting multiple focus groups with students and interviews with teachers. Commitment is approximately 5 hours per month.Transportation will be provided. This Data Collector position is open to graduate and undergraduate students. All data collectors are monetarily compensated at $15/hr. There will be paid training to learn how to conduct focus groups and interviews. This is a great opportunity for students looking for research experience, especially in a school setting. Please contact project coordinator David Aguayo for more information!
Each academic year the Missouri Prevention Science Institute allows for 2–3 volunteer positions for undergrads in a related field of study to help out MPSI Staff in the office located in London Hall. Volunteers will engage in a variety of tasks to help further the current research projects coordinated by the MPSI.
Volunteers who have 2–4 regular hours each week available to come to the MPSI will complete a screening interview with MPSI Staff and if selected will be trained in a variety of responsibilities in the office.
Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to: data entry into the computer, prep work for the four data collection periods throughout the year, organization of materials for data collection, filing, other tasks as assigned.
Volunteers must be dependable and the ability to follow directions are essential required skills. This position could lead to future opportunities as a paid data collector with the projects.
Interested parties are encouraged to send a résumé and email of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated January 2020