Equity Research Summer/Fall 2019 Fellowships
Seeking multiple positions for Summer/Fall 2019:
1) Racial Impact Assessment
2) Mapping the Landscape of Racial & Economic Justice
3) Organizational and Project Evaluation
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.
The practicum/fieldwork student will contribute to and help grow CSAJ’s groundbreaking initiatives by conducting a qualitative research project mapping the landscape of economic work done by state, territory, and tribal domestic violence coalitions.
CSAJ’s key national projects include:
The Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative (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 Racial & Economic Equity for Survivors Project (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.
In this role, students will gain hands-on experience in a cutting-edge, cross-sector initiative for racial and economic equity of survivors: conducting a literature review of economic systems and policy change strategies, designing and implementing a qualitative research project of in-depth interviews with coalition leaders in economic justice, creating and conducting analysis, and contributing to report writing (and developing other academic and training resources, as needed).
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.
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. Remote work outside of New York will be considered with right applicant.
Research Project Opportunities:
Racial Impact Assessment:
Design and conduct a literature review related to low-income survivors of color economic barriers to safety.
Finalize survey design, implement, and analyze a national needs assessment survey for advocates and attorneys in the field capturing: systems/structural barriers to economic security; innovative legal and non-legal advocacy strategies; adoption and use of a race equity approach to advocacy.
Contribute to the development and writing of practice-based resources as well as academic or other projects, determined by student goals.
Collaborate with CSAJ leadership, national Expert Advisors, and Organizational Partners to carry out all aspects of the assessment.
Mapping the Landscape of Racial & Economic Justice:
Design and conduct a literature review related to impactful economic policies, coalition building, and systems change strategies for marginalized populations.
Help scale formative research either by contributing to the development of an “equity index” for survivors across the 50 states and territories; or continuing qualitative approaches to assess the status of, scope of work, and theoretical approaches to economic and racial justice work of coalitions and local programs. (Building upon REEP’s “Showing Up” Report)
Contribute to the development and writing of practice-based resources from findings as well as academic or other projects determined by student goals.
Contribute to other “equity mapping” research and advocacy projects.
Evaluation of Survivor Centered Economic Advocacy: Various Projects
Develop CSAJ’s internal evaluation plan and monitoring practices: 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?
Project Evaluation: Help design evaluation plans for projects from discrete trainings to intensive and long-term demonstration projects; Create data systems to fuel organizational reports on all project work
Formative Evaluation of Survivor Centered Economic Legal Services (mixed methods, evaluation planning and design, legal services)
Additional Projects Include:
Financial Well-Being for Survivors Study: Support analysis/interpretation, contribute to research-translation for the field (e.g. factsheets, white papers, infographics, advocacy tools), conduct secondary analysis on additional research questions, design and conduct supplemental qualitative research, etc.
Contribute to policy analysis, legal research of consumer and economic issues, and other opportunities, based on interest and concurrent projects.
Interested in racial, economic, gender, health equity for survivors of domestic and sexual violence? Pitch us your research/evaluation and/or policy idea! We’d love to support your work.
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 skills including ability to critically analyze qualitative and quantitative data. 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
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and work sample that features your writing and research, and describes your experience and/or interests to Sara Wee, Director of Research and Program Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students of diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.