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If you work in the Federal government and are interested in collaborating with OES on a project at your agency, please email as at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us more about your idea. We’ll explore if the opportunity is a good fit for our skillset, and discuss the nuts and bolts of potentially setting up an inter-agency agreement.
Our office is not currently accepting applications for our fellowship. To be notified of opportunities to join the team, or if you are interested in serving as an Academic Affiliate (a researcher that partners with us on a specific project in your area of expertise) please submit your contact information. If you are interested in learning more about roles on the team and requirements of applicants, details are provided below.
The Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) is based at the General Services Administration at 1800 F St. NW. Fellows spend one year in Washington D.C., often beginning the first week of October.
OES is a diverse team of applied researchers committed to improving the way government serves the public. Most team members join OES on-loan from other offices in government, academic institutions, or nonprofit organizations on either a reimbursable or non-reimbursable basis. Team members have joined from a variety of universities, non-profits, and federal departments (e.g. Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development Department). Other types of federal appointments may be offered on a limited basis.
The OES team combines academic expertise with experience implementing and evaluating evidence-based interventions in complex settings. Responsibilities of OES Fellows include:
- Driving project implementation on 3-5 projects at any given time, including collaborating and communicating regularly with agency partners to ensure that: intervention ideas and the pilot design meet agency goals; field experiments are implemented as planned; and the implications of results are clearly understood.
- Understanding agency objectives and priorities, identifying opportunities to translate findings from the social and behavioral sciences into concrete recommendations.
- Working directly with agency collaborators to design and rigorously test interventions.
- Performing data analyses and interpretation.
- Distilling findings into reports, policy memos and academic publications.
- Assisting, as needed, on additional projects being managed by other team members.
- Attending weekly team meetings, providing updates on project status, and being generally available to collaborate on and contribute to internal team tasks.
- Representing the team by attending and presenting at internal government and external talks, conferences, and workshops.
OES team members must possess a unique set of technical and professional skills. This includes knowledge of at least one field within the social and behavioral sciences, the ability to creatively apply research knowledge within the federal government setting, the ability to design and manage the day-to-day operations of a large operational field trial, and exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
The OES is currently seeking team members with the following types of expertise:
- Fellows have substantial expertise in the social and behavioral sciences field. Typically they are researchers with a PhD in a social or behavioral science field (e.g., economics, psychology, political science, statistics, sociology, public policy, business, etc.).
- Associate Fellows are typically pursuing a PhD in the social and behavioral sciences field, have recently completed a PhD or post-doc, or have a Master’s Degree plus two or more years of relevant experience.
Additionally, applicants must possess:
- General knowledge of applied social and behavioral sciences and specialized knowledge of at least one domain of a study within the social and behavioral sciences.
- Ability to think creatively about how insights from the social and behavioral sciences can be translated into concrete interventions that are practically feasible within specific Federal programs. Curiosity and willingness to learn about federal agencies and their unique practical and regulatory constraints.
- Knowledge of evaluation design and analysis strategies, such as randomized controlled trials.
- Statistical competency in at least one data analytic programming language (e.g., R, Stata, Matlab, SAS, Python).
- Ability to effectively explain technical concepts to a broad audiences, orally and in writing.
- Strong and concise writing skills, including under tight deadlines. Excellent project management and organizational skills.
- Flexibility, self-motivation, and the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently in a team.
Preferred qualifications include one or more of the following:
- Significant experience conducting randomized evaluations in field settings.
- Experience working with government programs, policies, and/or operations.
- Advanced statistical and data skills, including experience handling large administrative data sets.
- Professional design skills e.g. interaction design, visual communication design, etc.
- Expertise in one or more U.S domestic policy sectors.