Program Evaluator/Epidemiologist - Military veterans preferred

2018-12-01
General Dynamics Information Technology (www.gdit.com)
Other

/yr

  full-time   employee


Aberdeen Proving Ground
Maryland
United States

The U. S. Army Public Health Center (APHC) mission is to promote health and prevent disease, injury, and disability of Soldiers and military retirees, their Families, and Department of the Army civilian employees; and assure effective execution of full spectrum veterinary service for Army and Department of Defense Veterinary missions.

 

Within the APHC Health Promotion and Wellness Directorate, the Public Health Assessment Division supports evidence based health promotion practice within the Army public health system through advocacy, assessment, and evaluation. The Public Health Assessment Division is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of scientists, advanced public health practitioners, and program evaluators. For more information on the Public Health Assessment Division, please visit https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/healthsurv/phape/Pages/default.aspx 

 

The Program Evaluator I supports the mission of the Public Health Assessment Division through successful coordination and execution of program evaluation projects to examine and document the evidence base in support of new and established policies, programs, and initiatives designed to improve the health, wellness, and readiness of the Total Army Family.

 

Duties and Responsibilities include:

 

  • Executing Public Health Assessment Division mission via evaluation. Working within a team to coordinate, plan and execute assessments and program evaluation activities related to public health issues in the Army. These include, but are not limited to: public health infrastructure and systems development, health promotion education programs, the built environment, health promotion policy, and/or chronic disease prevention and wellness initiatives.
  • Engaging Stakeholders on evaluation projects. Actively participating in meetings with stakeholders to provide evaluation expertise. Navigating chain of command to achieve mission project objectives. Contributing to internal and external workgroups.
  • Understanding initiatives to be evaluated. Applying behavior change theories to public health programs to describe mechanisms through which programs work. Identifying gaps in foundational program information to enhance opportunities for successful evaluation. Documenting program activities, goals, objectives, and expected outcomes and creating logic models.
  • Focusing evaluation designs to collect valuable information. Providing consultation on evaluation plans. Developing evaluation designs and choosing appropriate and feasible evaluation designs for execution. Organizing assets and resources to execute evaluation work. Preparing project plans to ethically collect evaluation data from human subjects.
  • Gatherine credible evidence related to program, policy, and initiative reach, efficiency, effectiveness or sustainability. Assessing data collection toold for evidence of reliability and validity. Collecting primary and secondary data using qualitative and quantitative methods. Participating in field missions to collect data from evaluation participants. Developing and adhering to established data collections protocols and procedures and communicating any deviations to leadership. Developing, managing, and merging datasets and associated and codebooks. Entering and cleaning qualitative and quantitative data using specialized software (nVivo, SPSS, SAS). 
  • Justifying conclusions and driving action. Conducting appropriate statistical (to include t-tests, ANOVAs, and qualitative (thematic, document review) analyses to associate program activities with outcomes. Interpreting results of analyses. Identifying methodological limitations and evidence gaps and means through which gaps can be filled. Documenting findings from evaluations in a variety of formats (for example, technical reports, information papers, infographics, white papers, scientific manuscripts, presentations) and to a variety of audiences (to include military senior leaders, scientific, and lay audiences).
  • Assuring utilization of findings and sharing lessons learned. Working with stakeholders to develop feasible recommendations. Synthesizing information and clearly and succinctly communicating findings to various audiences. Contributing to scientific publication and dissemination of evaluation findings within and outside the Army.
  • Providing technical consultation. Supporting the development of evidence based and evidence informed outreach and educational programs in the U.S. Army. Using program evaluation to identify obstacles to public health readiness in the Army and recommend evidence based preventive actions to address these obstacles. Building programs’ capacity for and advance knowledge of program evaluation methods and strategies among Army stakeholders. Providing program evaluation expertise in support of other team members, teams, programs, APHC directorates, and external stakeholders. Contributing to internal and external tools, strategies, and policies to facilitate evidence based public health practice in the Army.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • Travel within U.S. and abroad as required (generally 5-10% annually, more or less as mission demands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications:

2-5 years of related experience in scientific research and analysis.

 

Required knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies are as follows:

 

Program Evaluation Competencies

  • Familiarity with foundations of program evaluation (as found in, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health, the Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation’s program evaluation standards, the American Evaluation Association’s Guiding Principles for Evaluators)
  • Knowledge of evaluation designs (e.g., non-experimental, quasi-experimental, experimental).
  • Ability to engage with, listen to, and learn from a broad range of stakeholders, encouraging their meaningful participation.
  • Ability to educate program staff and partners about evaluation concepts and methods.
  • Ability to organize and summarize information clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to identify limitations of one’s evaluation expertise and devise methods for acquiring additional evaluation knowledge and skills when necessary.

Data Gathering, Management, and Assimilation

  • Ability to collect data using qualitative and/or quantitative approaches such as interviews, group processes, participant observation, surveys, electronic data files, or other methods.
  • Ability to create data collection tools (e.g., surveys, focus group guides, tracking sheets).
  • Knowledge of appropriate data analysis methods including the ability to conduct analyses using proper analytic tools for quantitative (e.g., SAS, SPSS, R, Minitab) and/or qualitative (e.g., Nvivo, Atlas.ti, MaxQDA) data.
  • Experience with synthesizing information generated through an evaluation or applied research study to produce findings that are clearly linked to the data collected.

 

Organizational Understanding and Flexibility

  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team to plan and conduct evaluations.
  • Ability to work with stakeholders to present analyses, find common themes, and identify relevant and actionable findings from evaluations.
  • Commitment to ensuring evaluation activities are conducted in a culturally competent and ethical manner.
  • Ability to clearly communicate assessment and evaluation findings orally and in writing to a diverse group of stakeholders with different backgrounds.
 

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Education:

  • Bachelors Degree in a scientific discipline.
  • Master or doctoral degree in a relevant field (public health; psychology; measurement and evaluation; sociology) with at least 15 hours of coursework in research methods, program evaluation, epidemiology, qualitative methods, and/or statistics. A minimum of 2 years of experience executing program evaluation activities in a full-time, professional setting required. Experience executing program evaluation or applied research projects within the government (specifically military) experience strongly preferred.