With support from the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., The Jack Rudin and Lewis Rudin Research Fellowship allows graduate student researchers from the City University of New York to participate in the Evidence Generation team at the Research and Evaluation Center. The program was originally funded by generous gifts from Mr. Jack Rudin, a long-time supporter of the Research and Evaluation Center.
Evidence Generation focuses on improving the operations and effectiveness of nonprofit justice agencies in New York City by generating and analyzing data about the effects of their interventions and crime reduction strategies. Fellows work with nonprofit community-based organizations to advance their efforts to generate high-quality evaluation outcomes and to produce evidence of their effectiveness. While Evidence Generation may perform external evaluations of agencies if provided with added funding, its primary purpose is to help affiliated agencies to grow the skills necessary to develop their own evidence base.
Fellows often begin by creating or refining an agency’s theory of change and its conceptual framework or logic model. Fellows also help agencies to access the administrative data needed to test the impact of interventions. For example, data may be obtained from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Fellows may prepare a customized report for each agency affiliate. The reports will remain anonymous and confidential unless an agency affiliate provides explicit permission to publish the results in aggregate form.
Fellowships require students to be available to work up to 10 hours per week.
How to Apply
The Research and Evaluation Center accepts applications for The Jack Rudin and Lewis Rudin Research Fellowship each summer. Two CUNY graduate students are awarded fellowships for the academic year, September 1 to August 31 of the following year (one-year renewals are possible). Each fellowship provides a monthly stipend of $1,000. Applications are encouraged from students specializing in fields such as social and behavioral science, social services and social welfare, public health, statistics, legal studies, or other fields related to the work of the Research and Evaluation Center. To be eligible for a fellowship, applicants should be enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program of study at a CUNY college with graduation expected no sooner than May of the year following application.
To apply, write to Rebecca Balletto at the address below. Send a CV and cover letter (PDF only) addressing your interests in justice-related research, your previous work experience, and any any coursework or training that relates to justice research, especially in data analysis techniques and statistics. Include links to any examples of your writing or analysis skills.
Make sure your materials provide your full contact information. Also, let us know about your work and class schedules during the academic year, including the days and hours you would be available to work with the staff at JohnJayREC.
Fellowships awardees are notified via email.
Send all application materials and correspondence to:
Ms. Rebecca Balletto
John Jay College Research and Evaluation Center