Equity Research Fellow(s) - REMOTE
Announcement & Job Description
*Seeking fellows for multiple projects, see project possibilities below.
The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice is a national organization dedicated to enhancing advocacy for survivors of intimate partner violence.
CSAJ develops and promotes advocacy approaches that remove systemic barriers, enhance organizational responses, and improve professional practices to meet the self-defined needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors. We steer this towards our vision: a world where all people have equal access to physical safety, economic security, and human dignity.
CSAJ’s key national projects include:
The(CRI) is a national project of CSAJ that enhances economic justice for survivors of domestic violence by building the capacity of and building partnerships between domestic violence and consumer lawyers and advocates across the nation.
The(REEP) is a national project that seeks to remedy the systemic inequalities facing survivors of color and shift the current violence against women paradigm. In partnership with diverse anti-poverty, race equity, and violence against women practitioners, REEP will engage communities in identifying inequalities and employing impact legal and policy strategies that facilitate access to economic opportunity for survivors of color.
Theis a multi-year project that will equip non-lawyer legal advocates to remove the costs and address the systemic barriers to accessing justice. The Access Project will offer webinar trainings, peer exchange calls, and organize two in-person institutes for legal advocates over the course of three years.
For more information about CSAJ’s work, visit:
The Research Fellow will contribute to CSAJ’s by supporting (or steering) one or many research or research translation projects, including: conducting literature reviews, piloting and/or conducting assessment and survey tools, developing creative and dynamic methods to make research accessible and applicable to the field, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and report writing, and supporting CSAJ’s internal evaluation work. See a detailed list of projects/activities below.
We encourage public health, social work, public policy and other students to use this position to fulfill practicum or fieldwork requirements. Project opportunities listed below are organized by time-commitment: 2 – 2.5 month practicum projects, 6-9 month projects (that could fulfill practicum as well as thesis and/or other course requirements, or for those interested in a longer fellowship experience).
CSAJ is composed of a small team of dedicated advocates in the legal, social work, and academic fields who are wholly committed to creative vision, open communication, and justice-minded social change work. While CSAJ interns are able to enjoy the flexibility and convenience of telecommuting, they can also participate in weekly staff meetings with the organization's leadership, take part in all of CSAJ's trainings, and receive supervision and support from the Board of Directors as needed.
Fellows will join a cadre of CSAJ interns and fellows, which includes receiving a join orientation training, project/role planning, weekly “Intern Guild” meetings, engaging in special project with CSAJ staff or other interns, and opportunities to demonstrate your work and experience through “Project Expos.” We strive to create a vibrant team culture amongst our interns, even while virtual and working on distinct projects.
The Practicum student will be under the direct supervision of CSAJ’s Director of Research & Programs, located in New York, NY. In person and virtual meetings will be scheduled to provide direction and feedback. Work is conducted remotely/virtually, with opportunities for in person supervision if located in New York City.
Practicum & Fellowship Projects:*
CSAJ Research Fellows can contribute to one or more of the projects below, based on interest and availability. We also welcome unique proposals for research that advances racial and economic equity for survivors.
Research – Secondary Analysis & Practice-Based Reporting
- Economic Well-Being of Survivors Study – Secondary Analysis & Field Reports: In 2019, CSAJ partnered with Adrienne Adams of Michigan State University to conduct a national survey on survivors’ economic well-being. Project options:
- 2/2.5 months: Develop state-specific factsheets / infographics on to share key findings with the field (we partnered with 13 statewide coalitions, who could benefit from the data). Additional work may include, supporting efforts to develop other advocacy tools from the data, joining and contribute to data interpretation calls, and co-writing peer-reviewed journal articles.
- 6-9 months: Develop a research question, conduct secondary analysis on the data, and write an independent research report (white paper/factsheet for the field). A 2 month practicum could produce an analysis plan or complete the initial analysis.
- Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Survivors, National Survey: As COVID-19 unfurled, it uniquely impact survivors – increased risk to safety while quarantined at home, over-represented in “essential worker” populations (risk to health and income at work), and the safety net all but stripped away (from courts closing to to unemployment benefits harder to access for survivors). In May and October, 2020, CSAJ conducted a 2-phase survey of direct service providers to better understand the economic impact of COVID-19 on survivors. We developed an interactive Data Dashboard and are using the data to help on-the-ground programs meet critical economic needs, as well as advocate for systems and policy change. Project options:
- 2/2.5 months: Communications plan to disseminate state- and program-specific findings (including training/support to help coalitions and programs understand, interpret, and communicate the data)
- 2/2.5 months: Conduct secondary analysis on racial and other disparities, creating field reports, factsheets, infographics, etc to share with the field and to support policy efforts around debt collection, eviction, childcare, court access, etc
- 6-9 months: Case study analysis of New York, California, and New Mexico, examining the economic needs next to state public health guidance and economic policy to generate recommendations for programs and policy.
Research Translation (these projects require skill or interest in communications/design, visualization software (i.e. Tableau), as well as research and data analysis) – 2/2.5 month commitments
- Factsheets / Infographics: CSAJ helps translate economic research into practice for the advocacy community. You’ll update our evidence base with a literature review, and revise foundational factsheets and other materials, and provide a list of recommendations for additional materials to be developed. Time permitting, or in a 6-9 month commitment, you’ll create additional practice-based factsheets or other infographics to help build awareness and make economic research findings available, accessible, and useful to on-the-ground advocates and programs.
- Equity Maps / Infographics: The domestic/sexual violence advocacy field is expert at utilizing story/narrative to communicate needs to local-national policy and decision makers. However, quantitative data is also needed to demonstrate the full costs of safety. CSAJ has developed an “equity dashboard” that synthesizes national datasets across areas of violence, poverty, and social inequality, resulting in a tool that helps visualize the equity landscape of all 50 states. You’ll help update and refine this data dashboard and create maps or other infographics for all 50 states that illustrate key data points to equip advocates and programs with data to use in systems or policy advocacy efforts.
Evaluation of Survivor Centered Economic Advocacy: Various Projects
- Develop CSAJ’s internal evaluation plan (2/2.5 months), including monitoring and data collection practices to help address the following questions: How do we describe and measure our theory of change? How can we create or improve monitoring and evaluation practices across projects? How should we be gathering data and story from our work to support organizational growth and capacity in the field? How can an evaluation plan link to and support our organizational strategic plan?
- Access to Justice E-Course, Evaluation: 2/2.5months - Develop an evaluation plan for an 8-part online e-course intended to provide foundational knowledge and skill-building for non-lawyer legal advocates to help survivors access legal systems, and remove the related financial hardships. 6-9 months: help conduct the eval and initial analysis.
*Any project can contribute to students’ thesis/capstone and can result in writing research articles for submission to peer reviewed journals, submitting to and/or presenting at conferences, and publishing other white papers and practice-based materials.
- Masters of Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Law, or students in similar discipline with competencies in social science research, legal and policy issues, program/intervention planning, evaluation, and social determinants of health framework (intersectional and root-cause).
- Ability to work independently and self-start
- Strong organizational skills including: ability to develop work plan, self-assign and adhere to deadlines, communicate progress, and ask questions/engage in discussion
- Strong research and analytic skills including: internet research, research methods, participatory and equitable methodology, qualitative and quantitative research planning and analysis, stakeholder engagement and discussions, writing academic and practice-based reports, etc.
- Familiarity with legal and/or policy work strongly preferred
- Excellent writing skills for lay and professional audiences
- Ability to organize, coordinate, and implement a collaborative project, involving multiple contributors, from start to finish
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice, health disparities or inequality, within a public health framework
- Foreign language proficiency a plus
- Experience with advocating for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault a plus
- Experience with anti-poverty and economic justice policy or direct advocacy a plus