Staff Researcher, Prosecutorial Performance Indicators - Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Research

The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (Colorado Lab) is a strategic research partner for government and the community. The Colorado Lab was launched as a collaboration between the University of Denver and the Colorado Governor's office. Our mission is to improve the lives of Colorado residents by partnering with state and local governments to strengthen coordinated and efficient person-centered services. The Colorado Lab's approach is responsive to the needs of government partners, serving as a connector between government agencies and the research community and prioritizing work that would not happen but for the Colorado Lab. The projects we engage in are cross system, person-centered, and aligned with the Governor's priority, social, and health policy areas. The Colorado Lab also works closely with a network of affiliated researchers at universities throughout the state.

Colorado Lab research staff are required to possess a solid understanding of applied research methods, strong written and oral communication skills for explaining technical topics to non-experts, and technical skills necessary to efficiently manage and analyze complex data. Staff members are expected to engage in a collaborative learning environment where employees are highly responsive to each other as well as to government and research partners. Staff hold themselves and each other responsible for completing high quality, well-documented work in a timely fashion. The Colorado Lab staff work remotely and attend in-person meetings in the Denver metro area.

Position Summary

The Colorado Lab seeks to add one additional staff member at the Staff Researcher level to support research and evidence-building activities for a new project to develop prosecutorial performance indicators and dashboards in prosecutors' offices across the state. The 2-year project, which kicks off September 2021, is a partnership with local prosecutors' offices, the Colorado District Attorneys Council, and the Prosecutorial Performance Indicators Project. The project will be implemented in two phases. During phase one, we will work with eight prosecutors' offices to pilot the implementation of the indicators, conduct analyses of racial/ethnic and economic disparities, and create data dashboards. During phase two, we will develop the tools and infrastructure to scales use of the indicators and data dashboards statewide. During both phases we will support cross-site learning by facilitating quarterly workshops to share progress and lessons learned.

This position is currently funded at 100% through August 2022 (Year 1) and at 60% from September 2022-August 2023 (Year 2). However, with the identification of additional funding, the position may increase to 100% in Year 2.

Essential Functions

The position will support the project lead on all aspects of the Prosecutorial Performance Indicators project which involves multiple partners, tight deadlines, and sensitive data. Essential functions include:

  • Develop trusting relationships with project partners by being responsive and communicating clearly and appropriately about project-related issues.
  • Support prosecutors' offices by facilitating workgroup and learning-focused meetings to identify priorities, review and interpret data, and identify action steps.
  • Critically review and provide recommendations to optimize case management systems.
  • Gather primary data, including administering surveys and conducting key informant interviews.
  • Oversee and support execution of data analysis plans, including quantitative data analysis (descriptive, bivariate, and multivariable) and qualitative data analysis (thematic coding).
  • Support project management processes and shepherd projects through the Institutional Review Board process, as needed.
  • Coordinate with external consultants and project partners (e.g., subject matter experts, dashboard developers) about project timelines and needs.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing to a lay audience about technical analytic and policy issues. Develop data visualizations. Develop content for layered communication such as summary reports, implementation manuals, and factsheets.
  • Engage in other duties as necessary, requested, and appropriate to support the mission of the Colorado Lab.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated passion for improving government performance and addressing complex social problems.
  • Excellence in both written and oral communications. Experience with technical writing for non-technical audiences.
  • Experience conducting quantitative data analysis, including descriptive and regression models. Able to critically review and interpret results of quantitative analyses in order to generate insights and action.
  • Experience coding, thematically analyzing, and presenting the results of qualitative data analysis.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and creativity in problem solving.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant experience with, research and evaluation in culturally diverse communities and issues of social equity.
  • Self-motivated with an orientation towards results and a track record of driving results with limited supervisory direction.
  • Eagerness to learn, attention to detail, and ability to balance competing priorities and tight deadlines.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s in public policy, public health, mental health, sociology, economics, criminal justice, law, statistics, or a related field.
  • 3 years of experience working in or conducting research or evaluation.
  • Experience working with administrative data.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s in public policy, public health, mental health, sociology, economics, criminal justice, law, statistics, or a related field.
  • Subject matter expertise in criminal justice.
  • Experience in implementation science.
  • Experience using a variety of statistical programs (e.g., STATA, R, SPSS, SAS).

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Lauren Gase at

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 11.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $70,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing sample (excerpt max 4 pages). If you are not the sole author, provide a brief description of your role in the developing the product.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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