Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Chronic Disease Prevention Strategy (CDPS)
Research Analyst – Job Description
Expected Contract End Date: September 29, 2018
Monthly Salary: $6,200
Fully Paid Medical/Dental Insurance
The following provides a general description of duties and a more specific description of requirements for the Transportation Research Analyst. Please note that the summary of responsibilities and required abilities identified below are not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
The PLACE Program in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) promotes active living through the development of policies, systems, and environmental change impacting the built environment. PLACE, with funding support from the Chronic Disease Prevention Strategy in Los Angeles (CDPS) project, is collaborating with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to implement plans and policies that encourage physical activity, increase the comfort of people walking, and increase the safety of all transportation users. DPH and LADOT have developed a Transportation-Health Database (available at geohub.lacity.org and codebook - http://visionzero.lacity.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/THDatabaseUserManual_102016.pdf), which connects various County and City data together to inform policy, program, and infrastructure decisions. Data includes collisions, land use, and other city infrastructure. In addition, DPH and LADOT facilitate several working groups to discuss data and program needs to support increased active transportation in the region.
The Research Analyst will leverage existing connections, workgroups, and resources to develop a framework to connect data across agencies specifically to address collision underreporting. The Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System captures collision data for the State of California, and is the primary source of collision data for all jurisdictions in Los Angeles County regarding fatal and severe injury transportation collisions. However, when a collision occurs, not all are necessarily captured by local law enforcement. The City of San Francisco found underreporting for pedestrian and bicycle-involved collisions; however, the extent of this underreporting is challenging to address and capture. The Research Analyst will explore how to address this issue in Los Angeles.
The Research Analyst will leverage existing connections, workgroups, and resources to support the development of evaluation guidance for transportation programs and infrastructure projects. The City and County are currently implementing policies, projects, and programs aimed at making streets safe and comfortable for various user groups, including the development of an evaluation strategy to assess the efficacy of short- and long-term interventions. The Research Analyst will explore best practices in evaluation, including supporting the development of specific guidance for which evaluation strategies are appropriate for different scenarios.
- Conduct data analysis, spatial analysis, and data quality control on complex datasets, using appropriate methodological techniques and computer software to document the scope of underreporting in Los Angeles.
- Conduct best practices research and key stakeholder interviews to understand opportunities, barriers, and types of analyses that will be necessary to achieve the objectives.
- Identify collaborative and relevant data sharing protocols with inter/intradepartmental professional and administrative personnel of: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; Los Angeles Police Department; Los Angeles Departments of City Planning, Public Works, and City Information Technology Agency; the Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles Unified School District, among others, for a unified approach to the objectives.
- Facilitate consensus building among various parties to find resolution on technical challenges, data permissions and use agreements, and variations of public-facing elements.
- Provide guidance on quality control and maintenance requirements, including an updating schedule for data sets, documented metadata, and a reporting system.
- Provide research and technical writing support to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and City of Los Angeles in their efforts.
- Identify key questions to be answered, develop logic frameworks to depict the relationships between data and agencies, and identify appropriate indicators to be included in future iterations of the Transportation-Health Database to support the objectives.
- Prepare publication-ready presentations, mapping, infographics, charts and tables to support project/program objectives.
- Work collaboratively with high-level staff from multiple organizations in Los Angeles County (e.g., Los Angeles City staff, County agencies, community leaders)
- Draft manuscripts, white papers, presentations, and/or policy briefs to illustrate key findings.
- A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with four years of experience in the analysis of public or non-public programs including those in urban planning, health, public health, public policy, and/or other relevant social science. A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline related to the core business function of the department (e.g., health, public health, public policy and/or social work/social welfare) may be substituted for two years of the required experience.
- Valid California driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, and reliable transportation for travel to a variety of sites throughout Los Angeles City and County.
- Computer literate with skills in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Access, and similar programs.
- Experience with open source desktop GIS products such as QGIS and GIS Software such ESRI ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcGIS Online.
- Experience with preparation and analysis of large, complex (multilevel and longitudinal) datasets using appropriate statistical packages (e.g., SAS, Stata, R, MPlus)
- Understanding of SQL, Python, and data visualization for web
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to develop presentation products such as reports, oral presentations, briefs, manuals, etc.
- Experience and strong working knowledge of transportation and public health data, and applications to policy.
- Experience working effectively with public entities, diverse groups of people, and organizations to realize common goals.
- Ability to act with judgment, confidence, and personal initiative, and work in a fast-paced work environment.
- Team player with strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to internal and external relationship building.
- Experience with layout / design software, such as Adobe Suite.