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Center For Health Information And Analysis Part Time Evaluation Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety (the Center) is a small, dynamic agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that works to improve the safety and quality of health care in the state. It conducts a program of research, data analysis and information-sharing aimed at engaging health care organizations, providers, payers, patients, and families. The Center, named for a Boston Globe health columnist who died in 1994 from a preventable medical error, was re-established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation. It is supported by and shares space with the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA).

The Center seeks an experienced part-time Evaluation Specialist to support the development and implementation of evaluation activities related to the Massachusetts Healthcare Safety and Quality Consortium, comprised of almost 40 organizations representing providers, patients, payers, policymakers and other stakeholders convened by the Center. This is a new role that will bring a strategic perspective on implementing and measuring system transformation into the work and the objectives of the Consortium.

The Consortium has undertaken an ambitious strategic planning process with a goal of achieving major gains in the safety and quality of health care delivered in all settings throughout the Commonwealth. It will develop strategic, tactical and policy recommendations tied to an action plan that sets system-wide benchmarks and timelines. Outputs will include recommendations for provider training on safety principles and practices, programs and toolkits to help providers put safety principles into practice in diverse health care settings, and proposals for policies to incentivize leadership engagement on safety improvement. Evaluation activities will track progress against benchmarks and timelines as well as measure the impact of the Consortium’s multi-tiered and multi-year efforts.

In collaboration with Center staff and Consortium members, the Evaluation Specialist will:

  • Participate in Consortium and task force meetings, round tables, and other activities as requested

  • Develop an evaluation framework for this initiative that will help answer key questions about the state’s progress toward safer health care

  • Identify existing data sources to track progress toward safety goals and develop appropriate data collection instruments to fill in information gaps

  • Support the collection, management and analysis of data

  • Produce evaluation reports and findings

  • Develop presentations, webinars, and other learning activities to equip stakeholders with information needed to follow through on evaluation tasks critical to the effort’s overall success

  • Identify future opportunities to revise and enhance evaluation activities and plans

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience, including in the design and implementation of evaluation processes for multi-component system transformation efforts that intersect program, strategy, and policy

  • Demonstrated success spearheading a multi-faceted evaluation effort involving partners from the public and private sectors

  • The ability to synthesize data and creatively communicate information to diverse audiences (e.g. policymakers, public, health care providers, health care leaders, etc.) in both written and oral formats

  • Experience leveraging data to inform the decisions of organizational leaders

  • Demonstrated interest in bringing an equity lens to evaluative thinking and working knowledge of the relationship between health outcomes and the structural and systemic issues that cause disparities in patient safety outcomes

  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts health care system and policy environment

    The Evaluation Specialist reports to the Center’s Executive Director and will work closely with Center staff as well as members of the Consortium and its task forces and subcommittees. This is a part-time position, estimated at 10-15 hours per week, with an hourly rate commensurate with experience. The position allows for a hybrid model of remote work as well as meeting attendance in the Center’s Boston office near Copley Square. Occasional in-state travel may be required. The anticipated timeline for the contract is October 2021 – October 2022, with potential for renewal.

    Salary commensurate with experience and the hourly rate range is $50.00 to $100.00 Hr.

    At CHIA, we are committed to earning a reputation as a great place to work and build a career. So if you’re excited to be part of a diverse and innovative team responsible for identifying opportunities to improve health care in Massachusetts, come join us! To apply and for more information visit: https://www.chiamass.gov/join-our-team/

    CHIA is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Women, people of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

    If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Tonya Bourassa 617-701-8127.

    Information submitted by applicants is collected through the JazzHR Platform, your submission of application materials constitutes your express consent for this information to be provided to JazzHR for processing. Please do not include any personally identifiable information with your application materials other than that specifically requested by CHIA. CHIA requests basic information such as name, address, telephone number, and email address. You may also self identify race/ethnicity, gender, disability and/or veteran status if you so choose. However, you should not provide more detailed personal information such as your date of birth or Social Security Number with your application materials.

    In compliance with federal laws, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    CHIA has adopted Executive Order #595: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Executive Department Employees

    As a condition of employment, successful candidates will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination and/or boosters prior to the finalization of the hiring process. Details relating to complying with this requirement will be provided to finalists.

    Finalists who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for a reasonable accommodation.

    Executive order can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/august-19-2021-executive-department-employee-vaccination-order

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