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Qualitative Research Associate 

About the Organization As a research and action organization, Center for Policing Equity (CPE) produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in public safety. Using data-driven approaches to social justice, we use science to create levers for social, cultural, and policy change.

We are research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers. We use data to build a more fair and just system. We partner with law enforcement and communities. Our aim is to bridge the divide of communication, generational mistrust, and suffering. But most of all, we are the path that science can forge towards public safety, community trust, and racial equity.

Location Remote  
Close Date  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  

Position is remote, but occasional travel may be required to community partner areas (as permitted given current public health situation).

Who we are:

The Triage Response Team (TRT) at Center for Policing Equity (CPE) is partnering with municipalities and stakeholders across the country to help them reimagine public safety. As a data-driven organization, we examine racial/ethnic disparities in policing and public safety systems quantitatively and qualitatively. Quantitatively we measure racial/ethnic disparities across a number of data points. Qualitatively, our team centers the voices of Black, Brown and other vulnerable communities that are disproportionately and negatively impacted by policing and other public safety systems. These processes allow us to center the experiences of impacted communities as we work to propose policy and organizational reforms that are community-led.

Who you are:

A Qualitative Research Associate in the Triage Response Team will primarily lead participatory action research (PAR) for site engagements. Research Associates partner with local community-based organizations and community researchers to gather and analyze information about people’s lived experiences with public safety systems and to share the findings with the public. They work with impacted communities to build capacity and to uplift their voices in the context of redesigning public safety discussions.

In this role, you will:

Carry out qualitative Participatory Action Research:

  • Work with the TRT’s Qualitative Research Methodologist & Vice Presidents of TRT & Science to develop qualitative engagement research plans

  • Draft IRB Proposals for site engagements

  • Develop research instruments, code and analyze qualitative data

Conduct qualitative research in collaboration with the Community Engagement Team:

  • Provide training on research methods to community members who would act as co-researchers/facilitators

  • Attend qualitative interviews, take notes, and organize notes in database

Convey findings to partners and communities:

  • Produce and deliver presentations and memos describing your findings

  • Receive and incorporate feedback from partners and communities

  • Create alternative formats for sharing of findings (e.g., videos, presentations, etc.)

Work with site-based TRT team:

  • Stay informed of policies and practices of each site

  • Share your findings with TRT team and work together to interpret findings

Work with quantitative researchers:

  • Implement collaborative instruments, such as data walks, story mapping, dashboards, etc.

  • Collaborate on analysis and interpretation of quantitative data

  • Assist with training of community members on data analysis and literacy

What qualifications do you need?


  • You are passionate about social and racial justice, motivated to drive change, and unafraid to challenge the status quo

  • You care deeply about racial equity—in your research, your work, with your colleagues, and around the office—and are committed to challenging systemic racism in public safety

  • 2+ years of relevant work experience in criminal justice, criminal legal reform, or social justice fields

  • 2+ years of qualitative or mixed methods research experience

  • Master’s degree in social science (including but not limited to sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, criminology), public policy, or public health

  • Strong competency in qualitative or mixed methods research, including formulating research questions, developing research design, and collecting, coding, analyzing, and interpreting data

  • Experience with collaborative or participatory action research methods or a passion for mastering these

  • You are kind, empathetic, communicate well and have the lived experience and/or cultural competence to work closely with system-impacted Black, Brown and vulnerable community members

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • PhD degree in social science or related field, or relevant experience

  • You might have experience with the justice system—either you were yourself in the system, have a family member who is/was in the system, you worked in the system, or you worked to change the system

  • You are familiar with the criminal justice system, the role of public safety, or you are genuinely excited to study and learn about them

Application Submission Guidelines:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • CV/resume
  • Cover Letter
EOE Statement The Center for Policing Equity strives to build a diverse team that is inclusive of multiple perspectives and welcoming for people of all backgrounds. Women and members of underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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