Background

In the last four years, two of the biggest innovations in progressive organizing and politics have come from research with base-building organizing groups: randomized controlled trials conducted by the Analyst Institute, which showed that relational organizing had the highest impact of any other program intervention on voter turnout, and Race-Class Narrative, which documented effective ways to build multi-racial governing constituencies. However, organizers and researchers currently lack venues in which to do more of this kind of systematic research using the membership and program data that civic engagement organizations collect on a daily basis.

The Midwest Organizing Collaborative brings together key staff (directors, lead organizers, and data directors) from base-building organizations across the Midwest to learn from each other and strategize collectively about how to improve the craft of organizing. As part of this learning cohort, partner organizations are building more robust internal tracking systems to collect individual membership data (name, address, phone, demographic data, recruitment information) and individual membership activity (names and dates of participation in organizational events, such as one-to-ones, trainings, house meetings, actions, voter contact activities, or other events).

We seek a Data & Research Analyst Contractor to help collect, systematize, analyze, visualize, and make sense of this data in ways that generate insights about—and feedback to improve–partner organizations’ strategy. This role will also work with our partner organizations to design actionable research using mixed research methods.

Our work together is grounded in mutual respect, learning, and relationship between all parties involved—organizers, data staff, directors, funders, consultants, academics and allies.

 

Desired Skillset

  • Data manipulation: Ability to export, clean, and merge membership microdata from various organizational repositories and CRM platforms (e.g., EveryAction, VAN, PowerBase, Google spreadsheets)
  • Data interpretation: Ability to analyze the data to identify patterns and opportunities for organizational growth
  • Data visualization: Ability to synthesize quantitative findings in charts, graphs, or other visuals that tell a story about the underlying data
  • Familiarity with (or interest in and respect for) community or political organizing and civic engagement
  • Training and presentation skills to disseminate findings to organizational leaders, data directors, funders, and other stakeholders
  • Coaching and relational skills to help grassroots partner staff and volunteers enter and analyze their organizing data
  • Research Design: Ability to work with community partners to design and execute rigorous research partnerships using mixed research methods

 

Commitment and Compensation

The Midwest Organizing Collaborative seeks a data & research analyst contractor to start work immediately. This contract will pay $6,000 – $7,000 a month, depending on experience.

To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter that includes two data visualizations you produced to isaiah@isaiahmn.org. To contextualize the visualizations, please note 1) the toplines that an organizer or organizational leader might take away from looking at them and 2) what you see as the strategic implications of those takeaways for someone interested in improving their organization or program.