Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Division of Health Policy and Management University of Minnesota School of Public Health 80%-100% position
The Division of Health Policy and Management seeks a Researcher 5 for the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). The EPC contributes to the health and healthcare knowledge ecosystem through evidence synthesis projects for several different entities, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Minnesota EPC evidence synthesis activities include stakeholder engagement, synthesis of primary research, improving systematic review and related synthesis methodologies, and communicating information back to decision-makers and communities, including how to understand and use scientific evidence.
The successful candidate will work with the EPC Director to support daily operations of the Minnesota EPC and participate in research activities. He/she will contribute to the development of a new Minnesota EPC activity to support the knowledge ecosystem through community stakeholder engagement. Ongoing community engagement experience is encouraged if feasible within the parameters of University policy.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The position duties are divided between working with the EPC director to manage and support daily operations and participating in research activities. The specific activities in each area are delineated below.
EPC Project Management and Administration Operations Management (20%) • Coordinate projects and activities to facilitate ongoing operations of the Minnesota EPC in conjunction with the EPC Director and Program Manager
Contribute to developing the Project for Advancing Healthcare Stewardship (PAHS) (30%) • Serve as liaison with community members and organizations to promote participation in developing a common understanding of heath and healthcare stewardship. • Coordinate and participate in PAHS planning and development. • Identify funding sources for PAHS activities and contribute to grant-writing process.
EPC Research Activities Abstract Review (10%) • Review abstracts from research studies identified by the literature search to isolate studies that merit further review based on established inclusion/exclusion criteria. • The inclusion/exclusion criteria are typically based on the PICOTS and the key study outcomes. • Determine whether the study methodology is appropriate and whether the population, intervention, comparator, outcomes, timing, and setting are relevant to the key questions for the evidence synthesis.
Article Review and Analysis (15%) • Critically read and extract basic study information from articles that meet inclusion criteria. • Identify the most relevant studies from the literature search, reviewing the references cited in those studies to identify other key studies. • Determine whether the additional studies were identified in the initial literature search.
Develop Tables, Figures, and Forms (10%) • Develop data extraction forms (paper and/or electronic), templates, tables and figures, in consultation with project teams, to summarize extracted data for inclusion in reports. • Understand the critical elements of a research study and how the information from each study will be used in preparing the evidence synthesis. • Determine the data most relevant to answering key questions and creating tables and figures (plots, bar charts, etc.) to present the key data points in a way that conveys the important information to the reader of the synthesis. • Use existing citation management software to manage references and extracted data and to create tables and figures for final report.
Narrative Summaries (10%) • Prepare narrative summaries of extracted data. • Synthesize information from multiple studies pertaining to a key question or part of a key question and reaching conclusions about the information in text format.
Assist Project Leads (5%) • Assist Project Leads with study coordination tasks such as coordinating meetings, tracking the screening and abstraction process, taking notes of meetings for meeting summaries.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
· Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave · Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans · Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts · Excellent retirement plans with employer match · Disability and employer paid life insurance · Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums · Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition · Student loan forgiveness opportunity · Opportunities for growth and promotion · Employee Assistance Program
Required Qualifications â— Master’s Degree in Public Health, Clinical Research, Social Work, Public Policy or Administration, or a related field with one or more years of research training â— Familiarity with project management principles and practices; â— Demonstrated understanding of the principles and methods of quantitative or qualitative research design and conduct; assessing evidence of clinical and health services research. â— Experience with and understanding of the principles of stakeholder engagement and communication. â— Ability to coordinate diverse and multidisciplinary teams; â— Ability to facilitate group meetings â— Planning, implementing, improving, and evaluating work processes and programs; â— Communicating and collaborating with diverse stakeholders and people, including professional, statistical, technical, and support staff from a variety of disciplines, settings, and backgrounds. â— Ability to use database, spreadsheet, word processing, graphics, and presentation software to efficiently manage data â— Ability to function both independently and as part of a team to include problem solving and communication. â— Experience working with interdisciplinary teams, and diverse communities and stakeholders.
Preferred Qualifications • 2 years professional experience in community and program development. • Experience in conducting evidence-based reviews, writing ability, and content knowledge of various medical/health services topics and quantitative and/or qualitative systematic review methodology.
Internal Number: 339688
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