This application is for community organizations that wish to host a Data Innovation Project Community Research Assistant (CRA) for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about the program visit the Data Innovation Project website.

The DIP will be offering a minimum of TWO fully subsidized community research assistants for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Community organizations should be prepared to host a research assistant at 10 hours a week for the academic year (September – May, 30 weeks in total). However, about three hours of their time each month will be spent off-site at the workshops and peer group meetings.

Host sites are expected to oversee the student’s time and manage their work to insure project milestones and deliverables are met. It is important also to plan for how much additional staff time is required to manage, support, and supervise a research assistant.

Organizations must be based in the Greater Portland Area to receive a research assistant.

Scope of Work
To ensure a successful student placement, it is imperative to compile a clear and detailed project proposal (Use these PROPOSAL GUIDELINES available through our website to help). The proposed project should focus primarily on applied research and evaluation work that is appropriate for a graduate student. This can include but is not limited to:
  • Collecting and analyzing data (e.g. design and conduct a survey, conduct focus groups or interviews)
  • Designing logic models or other evaluation materials
  • Drafting a program monitoring plan
  • Literature reviews
  • Data entry and cleaning
Selection Criteria
Host site’s will be selected based on:
  • Site's organizational capacity to support and supervise a research assistant.
  • Well-defined and articulated scope of work and/or job description that is in line with the objectives and focus of the assistantship.
  • Organization and/or work is based in the Greater Portland Area.
  • The extent to which the proposed work matches a selected graduate student’s skills and interests is also considered in the selection process.

The deadline to apply for a 2019-2020 Community Research Assistant is June 28, 2019.

To apply, please:
  1. Complete the following application
  2. Upload a project proposal. Specifics are outlined in the body of the application.
If you have any questions about the application, the process, or the Community Research Assistantship in general please contact Elora Way at or 207-780-4762. For more information about the DIP visit our