The Food Project: Research and Evaluation Fellow (Lynn, MA)

Department Description

This position will largely fall under the Operations group, which now includes Outcomes Evaluation. Our new Director of Operations, Jen James, worked with The Food Project in a variety of roles from 2000-2009, and has just rejoined the organization. She and John Wang, who has been with us for 15 years, will supervise this fellow. Over the years, we have relied on self-reported surveys and narratives as our primary tool to evaluate our youth outcomes. In 2008, we did a study of our alumni, but that has not been refreshed in over 10 years. John Wang is currently leading a project with the Bridgespan Group on our Intended Impact and Theory of Change. One of the key outcomes that we have identified as critical to track is our long term impact on youth. The fellow will work closely with Jen and John on these projects.

Position Description

This fellow will do alumni outreach to develop both a new report on alumni outcomes and a system for ongoing tracking that could be used going forward. The fellow will also work with youth staff to determine how to evaluate our Root Crew youth and the new initiatives we are pursuing for this cohort. We would allocate 75 - 80 percent of the time to this work. They would spend the other 20 - 25 percent of their time working directly with our Root Crew youth as the Assistant Root Crew Supervisor for the North Shore. This work will help inform the evaluation work and will allow the fellow to experience the full spectrum of what we do.

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