boston planning & development agency

  • Data & Evaluation VISTA

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    Office of Workforce Development
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    boston planning & development agency


    TITLE: Data & Evaluation VISTA

    *** This position is an AmeriCorps VISTA service opportunity, a national service program through the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve in full-time, one-year terms helping to build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Applicants must also apply through to be considered for this opportunity. ***



    The Data Systems & Evaluation VISTA will support the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) to increase overall evaluative capacity through development of qualitative and quantitative data collection tools and processes, improving data systems and data quality, assisting with tracking participants’ progress from pre-program to post program completion. OWD is an innovative public agency that seeks to promote economic self-sufficiency to ensure the full participation of all Boston residents in the city’s economic vitality and future, seeking to connect low-income residents with job training and employment opportunities and to promote lifelong literacy and educational pathways. This VISTA project will work to connect low-income Boston residents to job skills training, post-secondary education, and financial resources that facilitate economic opportunities and financial stability. Three VISTA members will contribute to the goals of the project by performing activities such as refining evaluation tools and systems, developing comprehensive and coordinated outreach strategies, and deepening the institutional partnership between OWD and Boston Public Schools (BPS). VISTA members' service will support Boston Saves, Tuition Free Community College (TFCC), and the City Academy program. OWD’s VISTA project will have the primary objectives of: 1) Developing systems for improved evaluation and recruitment; 2) Leveraging resources and relationships in the community and with partnering City agencies; and 3) Increasing resident engagement in program planning. VISTAs will build knowledge of existing systems and help to identify gaps and areas where improvements will help OWD’s special projects to increase effectiveness of service delivery and grow to scale. The ultimate outcome of these efforts will be to maximize the ability of Boston Saves, TFCC, and City Academy to positively impact community members’ economic and financial stability and increase upward mobility



    The Data Systems & Evaluation VISTA’s tasks will include: - Assessing effectiveness of current data collection, analysis, and reporting processes and how these inform ongoing program operations, evaluation, and program improvement. - Collaborating with OWD staff and stakeholders to identify key data points and analyses to be included to inform program administration and ongoing assessment. - Enhancing survey instruments to collect information from program participants, community members, and stakeholders. - Performing analysis on program operations and performance and ensuring relevant data is clean and accurate to increase precision of analysis. - Producing reports and data visualizations for internal and external audiences. - Developing strategies for qualitative data collection and interactive reporting on program progress that increase community engagement in the program development to sustain “feedback loops” for program improvement that is responsive to community input.


    Service Areas :
    Community and Economic Development , Education .

    Skills :
    General Skills , Community Organization , Urban Planning , Non-Profit Management , Team Work , Youth Development , Computers/Technology , Education , Business/Entrepreneur , Data Analysis , Social Services


    Health Coverage* , Childcare assistance if eligible , Training , Relocation Allowance , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Monthly transit pass, grocery gift cards , Living Allowance . 


    *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit


    DATES OF PROGRAM: June 2019 - June 2020

    Terms :
    Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working at another job during off hours.



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