The Research Data Analyst provides expertise in data management, quality assurance, analysis and reporting. Establishes data accuracy and validity derived from a variety of systems. This role performs data analysis using statistical techniques. This position researches and analyzes information using multiple databases and creates reports of data and results. The Research Data Analyst assists in the preparation and delivery of decision support reports to both internal and external customers.
This role works with a strong and diverse research team to ensure the quality and integrity of data collected for the Northwestern Juvenile Project Next Generation Study, an intergenerational longitudinal study of delinquent youth and their children. This position monitors the flow of data (interview and record data) into and out of the office and ensures the data is clean and properly documented. Prepares data sets for analysis and for archiving in response to internal and external requests, including documentation, and incorporating extensive data collected for the 20 year Northwestern Juvenile Project (the parent project). Programs interview protocols in REDCap and monitors adherence of data collection protocols to study goals. Provides expertise in data management, quality assurance, analysis and reporting. Researches and analyzes information using multiple databases and creates reports of data and results. Works with field operation to ensure data collection tools are working properly. Assists in the preparation and delivery of decision support reports to both internal and external customers.
Partners with faculty and project leadership to define data structure and data integrity requirements based on program objectives.
Develop standardized templates, policies, and procedures for internal and external reporting.
Designs and prepares documentation for qualitative and quantitative data management.
Compile and maintain codebooks, data files and memos needed for subsequent analysis of data.
Discuss findings with senior management.
Develop queries and quality metrics.
Manages complex databases.
Completes or oversees data cleaning and organizes and prepares data files for analysis.
Reviews data and identifies quality issues.
Presents findings in an appropriate manner.
Monitors quality and integrity of interview data collected in the field via REDCap.
Ensure the integrity of diagnostic data generated by external CATI interviews. Manage updates from agencies, ensure programs are working properly and data is being scored properly
Direct data collection and data preparation of electronic institutional record data from cooperating agencies
Ensure the integrity of tracking data from the Oracle database. Ensure data is being entered and cleaned properly
Prepare data presentations at request of faculty and senior staff for use in government reports, scholarly reports and presentations, and to facilitate monitoring of the field operation
Provides work direction and/or supervises staff such as team members, subordinates, contractors, vendors, students, etc.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
2 years data analysis/report writing or similar experience required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
STATA, SAS or R statistical software
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Master’s degree in social science (or related field) with emphasis on empirical research
4 years’ experience in managing large data sets, preferably survey research data or longitudinal data;
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
STATA, REDCapStrong programming skills
Exceptional attention to detail
Excellent documentation skills and habits
Strong communication skills
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33592
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.