STAFFING

NNERPP RPP KNOWLEDGE CLEARINGHOUSE

Summary

The number and type of staff needed for the RPP will vary depending on the structural arrangement, the scope of work, and the amount of funding available, among other things. Until some of these questions are resolved, we recommend exploring some of the job descriptions provided below to get an idea for how other partnerships are staffed.

Additionally, some key issues to keep in mind:

 

  • Differences in culture and training often found amongst researchers and practitioners will require the partnership to consider communication styles, needs, and capacities early on. For example, academic researchers do not often receive explicit training in how to communicate with practitioners during their PhD programs and this skill must often be developed within the partnership.
  • How will the partnership utilize post-docs, grad students, and even undergrads? These groups of students are often eager to participate in partnership work, are willing to be trained, and can provide research support to the partnership in ways that may be complementary to the existing research team.
  • Will your partnership have sufficient funding to perhaps cover a staff member on the practitioner team? Having someone “on the inside” may help expedite data requests and can also enable the partnership to stay more engaged with practitioner activities.
  • At some point, depending on the size of the partnership, it may make sense to hire a communications person that will handle many of the outward-facing activities of the partnership. Keeping this in mind earlier rather than later can facilitate better planning.

RESOURCES: Reading


“Knowledge Brokering”

Authors: Eleanor Jackson-Bowers, Libby Kalucy, and Ellen McIntyre

Year: 2006

This article published in the Australian Primary Health Care and Research Information Service‘s magazine “FOCUS on…” explores the role of knowledge brokers in a partnership. While not an official role, knowledge brokers are key in building relationships and connecting people to share knowledge in collaborative environments. 


“Building the Capacity and Conditions for Successful Partnerships: Researchers”

Author: Steve Fleischmann

Year: 2013

Derived from a presentation by Education Northwest’s Steve Fleischman, this overview provides strategies for fostering the next generation of applied researchers.

RESOURCES: Doing

Sample Job Descriptions

Upper Management

“Executive Director – Chicago Consortium on School Research”

Year: 2012

This is an example of a job description for the position of Executive Director from the UChicago Consortium on School Research.

 

 

“Data Manager – The Research Alliance for New York City Schools”

This is an example of a job description for the position of Data Manager from The Research Alliance for New York City Schools

 

 

 

“Field Site Manager – Strategic Education Research Partnership”

This is an example of a job description for the position of Field Site Manager from the Strategic Education Research Partnership

 

 

 

“Educational Policy Analyst-Supervisor of Research – San Francisco Unified School District”

This is an example of a job description for the position of Educational Policy Analyst, Supervisor of Research from the San Francisco Unified School District

Middle Management

“Lead Quantitative Researcher – The Research Alliance for New York City Schools”

This is an example of a job description for the position of Lead Quantitative Researcher from The Research Alliance for New York City Schools

 

 

 

“Senior Researcher – Education Northwest”

This is an example of a job description for the position of Senior Researcher from Education Northwest

 

 

 

“Senior Advisor – Technical Assistance – Education Northwest”

This is an example of a job description for the position of Senior Advisor – Technical Assistance from Education Northwest

Lower Management

“Research Analyst – Technical/ Programmer – The Research Alliance for New York City Schools”

This is an example of a job description for the position of Research Analyst from The Research Alliance for New York City Schools

 

 

 

“Junior Research Analyst-Technical/Programmer – Research Alliance for New York City Schools”

This is an example of a job description for Junior Research Analyst from The Research Alliance for New York City Schools

 

 

 

“Program Associate – Stanford/SFUSD Partnership”

Year: 2014

This is an example of a job description for the position of Program Associate from the Stanford/SFUSD Partnership at California Education Partners

 

 

“Communications Assistant – The Research Alliance for New York City Schools”

This is an example of a job description for the position of Communications Assistant from The Research Alliance for New York City Schools