PROGRAM EVALUATOR-VETERANS JUSTICE PROGRAMS
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (NCHAV) works to promote recovery-oriented care for Veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness by developing and disseminating evidence-based policies, programs, and best practices. Established in 2009, the Center supports the implementation of the VA’s Five Year Plan to End Homelessness Among Veterans. Penn Professor of Social Policy and Practice Dennis Culhane serves as the Center’s Research Director.
The Program Evaluator works with Dr. Culhane and the NCHAV research team to support a range of Veterans Justice Programs’ (VJP) evaluation initiatives. These will include a longitudinal evaluation of 1,500 Veterans served through VJP, VA health service use by Veterans exiting prisons and jails and monitored by courts, and federal (e.g., Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA]) interagency evaluation collaboration initiatives. The Program Evaluator reports to Dr. Culhane and collaborates closely with the NCHAV Director and VJP Director.
* Study preparation for longitudinal evaluation and interagency secondary data studies: Develop Veterans Justice Outcome Evaluation (VJOE) baseline and follow-up interview package. Compile IRB applications template package. Provide input on data processing procedure guide; Produce follow-up locator form. Draft interviewer training plan. Develop interagency matching and data sharing procedures for secondary data studies.
* Early study implementation: Secure study approval at 5 sites. Analyze SAMHSA-Veterans Health Administration (VHA) study dataset. Provide support for IRB applications for Bureau of Justice Statistics studies. Implement VJOE follow-up rate tracking system with VA’s Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC) and provide analysis and problem-solving leadership for monthly follow-up rate report and other study methodology issues for discussion on monthly conference calls.
* Interim reporting on progress of studies: Report on baseline and follow-up data and findings. Provide preliminary report on Veteran recidivism and VA service use. Develop summary report of VJP program participants and activities.
* Collaborate with NCHAV Director, Research Director, VJP Director, and research team on implementation of current projects concerning justice-involved Veterans and development of new initiatives.
* Perform other duties as assigned.
PhD in social sciences is required with advanced descriptive and inferential statistical and computer capabilities and skill in use of SAS statistical program. Outstanding interpersonal and organizational abilities, and excellent writing and presentation skills are essential. Demonstrated interest in justice, homelessness, and health services research and evaluation is preferred.
Contact: Apply on line at Jobs@Penn website under School of Social Policy & Practice openings.