Research Assistant (Summer Job)

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The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation is a non-profit organization involved in the design, research, and evaluation of social programs and policies. Since 1991, we have been building a base of knowledge and experience about what works in employment, education, health, and social policy. While SRDC is recognized across Canada, and internationally, as a leader in the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale demonstration projects, we also conduct program evaluation, impact analysis, and cost-benefit analysis for a wide range of government and non-governmental organizations, in particular those involved in the delivery of services to economically disadvantaged populations.

Position: Research Assistant
Location: SRDC Ottawa office
Duration: Four to eight weeks, from June 1, 2018
Type: Full-time, hourly-paid, temporary assignment


We are seeking a Research Assistant to join our research team working on a project aiming to better understand the challenges related to the provision of specialized services (rehabilitation and mental health/addictions support) for students who attend francophone schools. The successful candidate’s work will be guided by a senior SRDC researcher who will assist in developing his/her research skills and knowledge and provide guidance and advice during the assignment.
The Research Assistant will be responsible for and/or assist with the following tasks:

  • Conducting literature reviews on agencies offering specialized services in the province;
  • Supporting data collection from agencies and ministries involved;
  • Performing data entry and cleaning Excel files; and
  • Extracting data tables relevant to the analysis.


  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a university program in social sciences (sociology, economics, politics), psychology, public/community health or education sciences;
  • Understanding of public policy research/analysis, evaluation processes and quantitative methods;
  • Organized, self-motivated, and able to work effectively, both independently and as a team member, within tight deadlines;
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft office tools, especially Excel;
  • Strong analytical skills, familiarity/experience with statistical software packages; and
  • Excellent command of oral and written French, good command of oral and written English.

Please submit a resume with a cover letter that provides a description of your research interests and skills, explaining how they relate to SRDC’s research priorities, by Thursday,

May 24, 2018. Applications should be sent to Elizabeth Rodgers, Director, Human Resources and Corporate Services, SRDC, at hr at


24 May 2018
The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation
Ottawa  Ontario
Policy Development & Advocacy
Research & Development