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.
How to Apply
The Research and Evaluation Center will begin accepting applications for The Jack Rudin and Lewis Rudin Research Fellowship on August 1, 2017. Two CUNY graduate students will be awarded fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Fellowships begin on September 1, 2017, ending on August 31, 2018 (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 beginning in September 2017, applicants should be enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program of study at a CUNY college with graduation expected no sooner than May 2018.
For questions or to begin the application process, students should send an email to:
Ms. Rebecca Balletto
John Jay College Research and Evaluation Center