Early Childhood Evaluation Specialist | Wichita State University

Jul 11, 2014

The Center for Community Support and Research (CCSR) at Wichita State University is seeking a qualified individual to fill a newly created position of “Early Childhood Evaluation Specialist.” This grant-funded position will be responsible for data collection, analysis and reporting on an evaluation of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) program. The Early Childhood Evaluation Specialist will also provide technical assistance related to evaluation to multiple ECBG recipients across the state of Kansas. Requirements for this position are a Master’s degree in psychology, education or a related field and at least three years experience in evaluation or field research. Experience in the field of early childhood education is also preferred. For a complete position description and to apply, go to https://jobs.wichita.edu/. Questions should be directed to Tara Gregory, Director of Research and Evaluation at CCSR, at tara.gregory@wichita.edu.

 

More information on CCSR and the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG):

The Center for Community Support and Research (CCSR) at Wichita State University has served Kansas for 30 years through providing applied research and evaluation, organizational, community, and leadership development, mental/behavioral health initiatives, and public health initiatives. The vision of CCSR is that all Kansans use their talents and experiences to create thriving communities. The mission is to partner with communities and organizations to strengthen Kansas through education, leadership development, facilitation, and research. The CCSR Research and Evaluation Team conducts community-based research and evaluation to better understand and demonstrate how programs, organizations, settings and communities can contribute to the health and well-being of individuals. CCSR maintains an inter-disciplinary research and evaluation staff with backgrounds including community and clinical psychology, social work, education, and business. The CCSR Research/Evaluation Team, consisting of 9 members, has over 70 years of experience collectively in working on community-based research/evaluation projects that involve quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches. CCSR frequently uses a collaborative or participatory approach in which researchers partner with members of the organization or community in order to conduct evaluations that are responsive to the unique needs of each target population. Visit our website, Facebook, Twitter, or our blog for more information on CCSR.

In 2013 the Center for Community Support and Research was selected by the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund through a competitive process to be the evaluators for the Early Childhood Block Grant. The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund was created in 1999 to administer and supervise the distribution of Master Tobacco Settlement funds. The Master Tobacco Settlement funds are intended to improve the well-being of children and families in Kansas. The Early Childhood Block Grant provides funding for evidence-based programing focused on at-risk families with children from birth to five years old. In addition, nine school districts in Kansas have been prioritized for funding to improve school readiness. The CCSR evaluation team has been working with the Children’s Cabinet to identify and implement the use of common measures of child development and social emotional growth, supportive family environment, and community outcomes across all 22 grantees and 160 programs.



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