Project Descriptions 2021-2022

Project Number: 1

Faculty: Mariely Lopez-Santana

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: Social Policies and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Project Description: This project seeks to explore the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on social policy schemes in a variety of democracies, including the United States. 

Job Description: Writing literature summaries; Library research.

Necessary Skills: The students must have excellent research and writing skills, and must know how to use Zotero.

Project Number: 2

Faculty: Janine Wedel

Rank: University Professor

Title: Mapping Shadow Influence Project

Project Description: This position supports the Mapping Shadow Influence project, which brings together a diverse, multidisciplinary team of scholars (in public policy, anthropology, sociology, politics, computer science and data science) to study how elite influencers wield power and hold sway in a system that has become much more complex and opaque over the past several decades. Using two wholly unique datasets (one of off-shore hedge funds and institutional investors in them; the other of post-retirement careers of U.S. generals and admirals), the project analyzes and visualizes patterns of elite linkage, influence, and governance in the critical arenas of defense and finance. In addition to scholarly interest, the material and potential findings of the project lend themselves to public-interest journalism.

Job Description: Coding (data entry); Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Writing literature summaries; Library research; Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind.

Necessary Skills: Must be fully responsible, trustworthy, and skilled at paying attention to detail.

Desired Skills: Developed analytical skills; prior experience in finance or military sectors.

Project Number: 3

Faculty: Ketian Zhang

Rank: Assistant Professor

Title: Just Do it: Explaining the Characteristics and Rationale of Chinese Economic Sanctions

Project Description:  This is a working paper that crosses between international security and international political economy. It seeks to examine what explains the private and physical aspects of Chinese economic sanctions, and under what conditions are they effective? The sanctions literature tends to focus on OECD countries. Using primary Chinese-language documents and interviews with former Chinese officials, I examine the characteristics, rationale, and effectiveness of Chinese economic sanctions.

Job Description: Data collection; Writing literature summaries; Library research; Translation; Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Ability to conduct lit review and summarize.

Desired Skills: Ability to read mandarin Chinese would be great, but it is NOT required.

Project Number: 4

Faculty: Claudia Escobar Mejía

Rank: Visiting Research Professor at TraCCC

Title: Criminal Networks that promote corruption in the Northern Triangle

Project Description: The project will address how criminal networks have coopted public institutions to promote corruption.  A special focus will be the institutions of the Justice System.  It will be an comparative study between the countries of the northern triangle and how they face the scourge of the networks.  It will describe the approach of the US government to address this problems focused on the U.S. Strategy for Addressing the Root Causes of Migration in Central America issued by the Biden Administration.

Job Description: Writing literature summaries; Library research; Translation; Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Bilingual in Spanish, interested in international relations, law and public policy. 

Desired Skills: Understanding of corruption networks.

Project Number: 5

Faculty: Siona Listokin

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: Valuing Digital Privacy: Priceless or Worthless?

Project Description: How do policy analysts value privacy? During COVID-19 lockdowns, governments around the world considered (or implemented) strict contact tracing protocols designed to enhance public health at the cost of personal privacy. We will collect and examine cost-benefit analyses that were conducted in peer-review journals and prominent policy outlets related to COVID-19 lockdowns between 2020-2021, and review if and how the "value" of privacy was measured.

Job Description: Data collection; Coding (data entry); Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Must be able to perform comprehensive searches within scholarly databases and repositories.

Desired Skills: Desirable to have an interest in policy analysis of issues that are difficult to measure, such as the value of endangered species or data privacy.

Project Number: 6

Faculty: Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: A Dangerous Journey to the United States: Trafficking of Migrants, Human Smuggling and Organized Crime

Project Description: This project examines the interplay between transnational criminal actors (essentially human smugglers), local crime groups, and drug cartels in the phenomenon of trafficking in persons coming from Central America along Mexico’s eastern migration routes. The analysis focuses on sex trafficking, compelled labor for criminal activities and other forms of labor trafficking. Through qualitative research that involved the conduction of semi-structured interviews with migrants, activists and other persons familiar with the subject, this work describes and maps trafficking trends throughout Mexico’s eastern migration routes. It also sheds light on the role of drug cartels and other crime groups (local and transnational) in these activities.

Job Description: Data collection; Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Writing literature summaries; Library research; Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind; Support in statistical analysis, writing code, scraping data, etc.; Translation; Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: None.

Desired Skills: Proficiency in Spanish.

Project Number: 7

Faculty: Bassam Haddad

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: Arab Studies Institute - Jadaliyya and Knowledge Production Project

Project Description: Seeking URA for two separate projects. First, we are hoping to recruit students to join some of our various Media Roundups at Jadaliyya.com. This position involves the researching, reading, and curating of summaries of news pertaining to a particular region in the Middle East. URAs with foreign language skills are highly sought after. We are also seeking folks to join our Knowledge Production Project team. Knowledge Production Project is a dynamic, open-access archive, search tool, and data visualization platform. This project, almost a decade in the making, endeavors to gather, organize, and make available for analysis all knowledge produced on the Middle East since 1979, in nine databases. Experience with data entry is preferred, but not required for this position.

Job Description: Data collection; Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Library research

Necessary Skills: Basic familiarity with the Middle East (history, politics, etc), as well as an interest in the field of Middle East Studies.

Desired Skills: In some cases knowledge of Arabic is helpful but not required.

Project Number: 8

Faculty: Paul Bubbosh

Rank: Adjunct Professor

Title: Local Climate and Sustainability Plans

Project Description: To work with local Virginia counties and cities to design and implement climate action and sustainability plans.  Project consists of three phases: (1) model greenhouse gas emissions and hazard ranking factors; (2) design plans, policies, and strategies for local jurisdictions (working closely with community and elected officials); and (3) embed students in internships with local government offices to implement projects from local climate action plans.  This work is multi-disciplinary and involves modeling, science, law, policy, and engineering.  In phases I and II, students will work with professors to learn and implement theory into practical situations.  In phase III, students will work directly with elected county officials.  Duration of each phase is one academic semester.

Job Description: Data collection; Coding (data entry);Writing literature summaries; Library research; Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind; Working with communities

Necessary Skills: Excellent communication and outreach skills.

Desired Skills: Modeling of greenhouse gas inventories.

Project Number: 9

Faculty: Faye S. Taxman

Rank: University Professor

Title: National Evaluation of Stepping Up

Project Description: The Stepping Up Initiative is a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails through a better connection to mental health services in the community. The Stepping Up Initiative is led by the National Association of Counties (NACo), the Council of State Governments (CSG), and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF). More than 500 counties have joined the Stepping Up Initiative. These counties are bringing their jail, probation, and community mental health and substance use agencies together to keep people out of jail and in community treatment.  We will be examining local policies and actions by policy team to deal with the issues related to the mentally ill in jail.

Job Description: Data collection; Coding (data entry); Writing literature summaries; Library research; Support in administering experiments, recruiting subjects, or other promotions to the undergraduate population; Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Word/powerpoint skills, library skills, excel.

Desired Skills: SPSS.

Project Number: 10

Faculty: Dr. Jonathan Gifford

Rank: Professor / Director, Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy

Title: Infrastructure Management and Innovative Financing

Project Description: The student will be working with the Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy’s director and research staff. The student will help with research related to transportation infrastructure public-private partnership (P3) projects. The research will involve analyzing P3 projects’ 1) delivery and operation methods, 2) financing approaches, and 3) effectiveness.

Job Description: Data collection; Coding (data entry); Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Writing literature summaries; Library research; Support in administering experiments, recruiting subjects, or other promotions to the undergraduate population; Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Research and writing skills, ability to work with data sets, proactive, ability to work in a team setting.

Desired Skills: Knowledge or interest in P3 policies, background in Public Policy or economics.

Project Number: 11

Faculty: Lucas Nunez

Rank: Assistant Professor

Title: Military Service and Electoral Performance

Project Description: Military service is thought by many to ingrain veterans with characteristics usually perceived as essential to leadership. Conventional wisdom suggests that military veterans should have an advantage when running for office over their non-veteran counterparts. But is that the case?

This project aims at determining the impact of past military service on the electoral performance of political candidates, as well as the legislative performance of those who are successful. A significant portion of the work will be devoted to data collection, particularly on past military service of primary election candidates for federal offices.

Job Description: Data collection; Coding (data entry); Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Support in statistical analysis, writing code, scraping data, etc.

Necessary Skills: Attention to detail, willingness to learn, independent worker.

Desired Skills: Experience with manipulating data in Excel, programming in R (or other language).

Project Number: 12

Faculty: Jennifer Victor

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: Congressional Caucuses Data Collection

Project Description: I seek to work with 2 - 4 students who will collaboratively contribute to a long-term data collection effort for recording congressional caucus memberships. Student RAs will record individual-level data in a spreadsheet from an existing source. No experience necessary. Students will also be expected to participate in weekly research lab meetings (Fridays at 4pm).

Job Description: Data collection; Coding (data entry); Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data.

Necessary Skills: No experience necessary.

Desired Skills: Experience managing data in Excel is useful.

Project Number: 13

Faculty: Jennifer Victor

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: Book manuscript research assistant for *Connecting Congress*

Project Description: I seek 1 - 2 research assistants to provide general support for a book manuscript in progress. The research assistant will help with discovering, reading, and summarizing literature; copy editing; project management; data collection. Students with a genuine interest in studying US Congress and strong organizational and writing skills are encouraged to apply.

Job Description: Writing literature summaries; Library research; Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind; Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Organizational skills.

Desired Skills: Writing skills.

Project Number: 14

Faculty: Jennifer Victor

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: Building a relational database of the US Congress

Project Description: I seek 1- 2 skilled research assistants to join an existing team working to create a relational database of legislative activity from existing data. The ideal applicant has experience with, and enthusiasm, for programming in R or SQL. Students who are interested in expanding existing data science skills to applications related to legislative networks are encouraged to apply.

Job Description: Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Support in statistical analysis, writing code, scraping data, etc.

Necessary Skills: Working familiarity with R and/or SQL

Desired Skills: Experience building a relational database; experience with tidyverse, ggplot, statnet, or igraph R packages.

Project Number: 15

Faculty: Mirae Kim

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: Nonprofit Organization Research Panel

Project Description: Nonprofit organizations are important contributors to the US economy and social wellbeing but lack robust, nationally representative data for research and practice. The Nonprofit Organization Research Panel (NORP) intends to fill such data gap and contributes to advancing knowledge and practice in the nonprofit sector. NORP aims to increase access to data-intensive research about nonprofit performance, and lead to more scientifically informed decision-making by nonprofit organizations, policymakers, and funders.

NORP project URA(s) will participate in recruiting nonprofits to join the panel project (which includes identifying email contact information of the selected nonprofits, preparing recruitment materials, etc.), administering periodic online surveys, and creating survey reports. During the process, URA(s) will be asked to search selected nonprofits’ websites, GuideStar, and/or other publicly available online platforms, an activity through which URA(s) can learn about a wide variety of nonprofit organizations across the US. Overall, URA(s) will learn about how to manage an online research panel, which has increasingly become popular tool for data collection, as well as how to conduct an online survey with nonprofit organizations.

Job Description: Data collection; Coding (data entry); Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Support in administering experiments, recruiting subjects, or other promotions to the undergraduate population

Necessary Skills: Familiarity with Excel spreadsheets: a basic internet search skill, attention to detail, an interest in learning about various nonprofit organizations and online panel research

Desired Skills: Background or experience in the nonprofit sector, high interest in learning about various nonprofits and survey methods, prior survey research experience, and a keen eye for copy-editing errors are all desirable for this position.

Project Number: 16

Faculty:  Christopher Berk

Rank: Assistant Professor

Title: Public Accountability and the Penal State

Project Description: This project focuses on hidden or 'submerged' dimensions of the prison system. By submerged, I mean that there are networks of regulations that link public funds, services, and institutions to various private organizations with far reaching consequences. These networks are largely a stealth presence in the lives of citizens and their subterranean status, I suggest, warps the wider politics of punishment in the US. Resources are circulated along this network in such a way revenue is generated for some, costs cut for others, all in the shadow of public law.  To the extent that this kind of redistribution lacks citizens' consent and approval, it also represents a potentially undemocratic development.

Job Description: Finding historical data is a kind of treasure hunt -- you'll need to work with an incomplete map and finishing the task often requires sequential puzzle solving. (What does information 'X' look like? If information 'X' is not located here, then where else might it be? Who might know? If 'X' is not available, perhaps it can be reconstructed from information 'Y' and 'Z'. And so on.) No prior experience is necessary, but I want to find a research assistant that is dedicated to the hunt!

Necessary Skills: None.

Desired Skills: Familiarity with online library databases, prior independent research experience, and a keen eye for copy-editing errors are all desirable for this position.

Project Number: 17

Faculty: Michael Hunzeker

Rank: Assistant Professor

Title: Mapping the Cross-Strait Military Balance

Project Description:  I am trying to create a detailed map of the cross-Strait military balance. To pull this off, I need a small team of 2-3 RAs who can help me scour open source documents in order so as to build an accurate map of Chinese and Taiwanese military bases, ports, airfields, radar sites, silos, urban centers, beaches, navigable waterways, MSRs, etc. This map will help support future policy research on cross-Strait security and stability.

Job Description: Data collection; Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data;L ibrary research; Translation

Necessary Skills:   Applicants should be interested in East Asian security and/or military affairs; and they must be responsible, reliable, and able to work independently.

Desired Skills: A military background, familiarity with military terminology, and/or the ability to read simplified and traditional Mandarin characters are all desirable (but not required)

Project Number: 18

Faculty: Robert McGrath (and Jeremy Mayer)

Rank: Associate Professor (and Associate Professor)

Title:  Polarization's Children

Project Description: American politics has been characterized by increasing levels of polarization over the past four decades. While there is evidence of increasing policy polarization between partisans, the emerging consensus is that affective polarization, rather than that based on ideology or issues, is the more serious driver of the divide between Republicans and Democrats, particularly at the mass level. One consequence of affective polarization has been deeply divergent interpretations of political events and empirical facts, such as those surrounding the conduct of national elections or the efficacy of vaccines. Does the growth of affective polarization among American adults catalyze processes of political socialization? If so, how strongly do parental views about political events transfer to their children? If partisan identity, polarized attitudes, and partisan interpretations of key events are passed onto and learned by the children of today, our contemporary divisions and divisiveness promise to last for decades to come. Our project address multiple pathways of such socialization using unique survey data.  

Job Description: Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Writing literature summaries; Library research; Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind; Support in statistical analysis, writing code, scraping data, etc.; Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: An interest in political polarization; An attention to detail needed to prepare a codebook of our dataset.

Desired Skills: Experience organizing and analyzing survey data; Creative research ideas and an ambition to do solo research in the future.

Project Number: 19

Faculty: Bonnie Stabile

Rank: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; MPA Director; Gender and Policy Center Director

Title: Inclusivity at the Core of Public Affairs Education

Project Description: We plan to review syllabi from Public Administration core courses at Mason and a sample of other universities to assess how inclusive they are with regard to representation of women and underrepresented minorities among faculty, authors of literature used for the course, subject matter of the course literature and guest speaker.

Job Description: Data collection; Coding (data entry); Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Library research; Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind

Necessary Skills: A general interest in the subject and willingness to learn; attention to detail.

Project Number: 20

Faculty: Bonnie Stabile

Rank: Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs Director, Master of Public Administration Program Director, Gender and Policy (GAP) Center Director

Title: Pink Taxes and Period Poverty: An examination of State and Federal Policy

Project Description: We'll be examining Pink Tax and Period Poverty Policies at the State and Federal levels, collecting information about when, how and by whom such policies were passed.

Job Description: Data collection; Coding (data entry); Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Writing literature summaries; Library research; Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind

Necessary Skills: A general interest in the subject, willingness to learn, enthusiasm and attention to detail.

Project Number: 21

Faculty: Stefan Toepler & Jessica Terman

Rank: Professor/Associate Professor

Title: Research Trends in the Nonprofit Studies and Public Administration Field

Project Description: Over the past four decades, nonprofit studies has grown into a major research area with several hundreds of nonprofit management programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in public administration, social work and business schools all over the US, Europe, Asia and other parts of the world.  The field emerged as a broadly interdisciplinary undertaking covering altruism, voluntarism, donor motivations in addition to management questions.

As nonprofit studies has grown, the public administration profession started to change focus away from considering the administration of government to a broader understanding of public services that recognizes the importance of cross-sector collaborations, including government and nonprofit partnerships. Against this background, we plan to analyze the evolution of the academic literature on nonprofits over the last quarter century or so to identify research trends and shifts in focus to better understand how the nonprofit studies and public administration fields will develop in the future.

The research question we will pursue is: Does the embrace of nonprofit studies by the public administration discipline change the focus of the nonprofit field to a stronger emphasis on managerial/technocratic topics at the expense of broader questions?

Job Description: Literature Review: review and summarize the existing nonprofit management education literature

  • Conduct database searches to identify articles on nonprofit-related topics in public administration and nonprofit academic journals.
  • Code the identified articles by topic (e.g. fundraising, volunteering, advocacy, policy, etc.) and journal type (public administration vs nonprofit).

Necessary Skills: None.

Desired Skills: Database/Excel; interest in nonprofits, civil society and/or public administration.

Project Number: 22

Faculty: Alan Abramson & Stefan Toepler

Rank: Professors

Title: “Preparing 2nd edition of Tools of Government Book”

Project Description: We anticipate editing the second edition of Oxford University Press'  The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance volume during the spring semester.  The much cited book will have over 20 chapters written by some of the most prominent public administration scholars in the US and abroad. Tasks for which we seek assistance include:

  • background research and literature summaries for the preparation of the introductory chapter
  • development and copy-editing of chapters (development editing means reading chapters for clarity of structure as well as language; copy-editing is fixing grammatical problems and typos)
  • manuscript and reference section formatting

Job Description:  Writing literature summaries; Library research; Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Strong English language skills.

Desired Skills: Familiarity with APA style.

Project Number: 23

Faculty: Ahsan Butt

Rank: Associate Professor

Title:  Constructing Nations and Nationalism in Schools

Project Description: This is my second book. It examines how states construct nations and nationalism in schools, particularly looking at history textbooks. I focus on three parts of the world: North America (US and Canada), South Asia (Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh), and South America (Argentina and Chile).

Job Description: Translation; Transcribing interviews conducted in Spanish. Time permitting, you would translate them also.

Necessary Skills: Fluent in Spanish.

Project Number: 24

Faculty: Ahsan Butt

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: Bias in Large-N Conflict Datasets

Project Description: We need an undergraduate research assistant to read through articles from the New York Times and other American newspapers. These articles will be identified with keywords related to political violence. The undergraduate research assistant will be responsible for reading through the news article, "scoring" the article according to a pre-defined criteria which distinguishes political violence from other phenomena, and recording the date and location of the event in a spreadsheet. This research will be used as part of a project that explores how large n datasets on political conflict are influenced by media bias

Job Description: Data collection; Coding (data entry)

Necessary Skills: None.

Desired Skills: Knowledge of race relations in the US, police violence etc.

Project Number: 25

Faculty: Jessica Terman

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: State Purchasing in Virginia

Project Description: States and local governments spend billions of dollars purchasing government goods and services. These governmental goods and services are necessary for serving their citizens. This purchasing also serves another purpose. Through public purchasing, governments can pursue economic and social advancement. These goals include helping to build the small and veteran-owned businesses in addition to advancing the goal of marketplace diversity by giving preference contracts to women and minorities.

Research question: To what extent does the State of Virginia use mandatory statewide contracts to advance the economic and social goal of diversity in the marketplace? Is there a difference between optional and statewide contracts in terms of contracting with small businesses, veterans and minorities?

  1. Students in this project will build a dataset using a state database of contracts. Students should have at least cursory knowledge of EXCEL.
  2. Students will also conduct literature reviews on the use of preference purchasing in State governments. Students should be familiar with WORD.
  3. Students will learn how to work in research groups and learn data collection and literature review practices using social science methods.

Job Description:  Data collection; Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Writing literature summaries.

Necessary Skills: Cursory knowledge of EXCEL.

Desired Skills: Ability to write article summaries.

Project Number: 26

Faculty: Jo-Marie Burt

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: Human Rights and Justice in Guatemala

Project Description: This project seeks to develop systematic data about the experience of three post-conflict societies in Latin America -Peru, Guatemala and El Salvador- that have adopted transitional justice to address the past legacy of human rights violations. Transitional justice consists of a series of mechanisms, including truth-seeking, accountability processes, reparations programs, and memorializations, and have been adopted in post-conflict societies throughout the world to provide repair to victims, heal societies, and consolidate democratic institutions and respect for human rights. Student research assistants will be charged with assisting in data collection, organization and analysis; summarizing academic articles; tracking cases and monitoring hearings in cases of transitional justice (which are live-streamed from the courtroom); transcription of interviews; working with the program's website; and occasional translations.

Job Description: Data collection; Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Writing literature summaries; Library research; Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind; Support in statistical analysis, writing code, scraping data, etc.; Translation; Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Spanish language skills necessary.

Desired Skills: Translation experience desirable. Experience programming, website management helpful.

Project Number: 27

Faculty: Jo-Marie Burt

Rank: Associate Professor

Title: Political change and identity in Peru

Project Description: This project examines the nature of political change and identity in Peru over the past two decades. Peru's recent Peruvian elections were hotly contested between a far-right and a far-left candidate, resulting in a surprising level of polarization that the country has not seen since the end of the civil war (1980-2000), which resulted in the death of 69,280 people. The project explores the relationship between political fragmentation, popular discontent with democracy, and political polarization and seeks to develop a database of events that help us visual the level of political polarization in the country. The student research assistant will assist with data collection, organization and analysis, developing the political polarization in Peru database, identify and summarize relevant literature, transcription of interviews, among other tasks.

Job Description: Data collection; Coding (data entry); Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data; Writing literature summaries; Library research; Support in conducting interviews, arranging appointments for interviews, or logistics related to research of this kind; Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Spanish language skills necessary.

Project Number: 28

Faculty:  Mirae Kim

Rank:  Associate Professor

Title: Nonprofit Advocacy Capacity Assessment—National Survey

Project Description: This project is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of nonprofit institutions advocacy activity to fill knowledge gaps in the nonprofit sector, diagnose barriers to advocacy, identify opportunities to build advocacy capacity in nonprofits, better understand the role equity plays in nonprofit advocacy, and gauge nonpartisan civic engagement rates. Nonprofit advocacy capacity building efforts have been relying on twenty-year-old data to identify what barriers remain. The collection of new data will inform how nonprofits can tailor the capacity building programming and resources going forward to focus on the sector’s needs. Currently, less than half of nonprofits report advocacy as a part of their organization’s strategy.  In order to fully leverage aligned contributions, there is a need to encourage a much larger proportion of the sector actively advocating to make systems more equitable. This research will help identify where the sector needs help in order to build the infrastructure and capacity needed to increase collective advocacy across the sector.

Job Description: Online, flexible hours, data collection, coding (data entry), managing spreadsheets or databases, organizing data, writing literature summaries, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Necessary Skills: Data collection, Data entry, Managing spreadsheets or databases; organizing data, Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation; Proofreading, editing, and/or manuscript preparation

Desired Skills: Background or experience in the nonprofit sector, high interest in learning about various nonprofits and survey methods, prior survey research experience, and a keen eye for copy-editing errors are all desirable for this position.