Short-Term Research Management (STReaM)

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Through Short-Term Research Management (STReaM), a new program offered by J-PAL North America, experienced research management staff are available to help researchers navigate the early stages of an RCT, including study design, piloting, and early implementation.

INTRODUCTION

Launching a new randomized evaluation can require significant time, resources, and expertise. Our staff at J-PAL NA may be able to help researchers fill some of these gaps by providing them with research support through STReaM. STReaM support will have a defined scope of work; include 3-6 months of part-time, remote J-PAL NA staff time; and be delivered with the goal of successfully passing off project management responsibilities to permanent research staff. Support will be initially offered concurrently with existing J-PAL NA RFPs.

ELIGIBILITY

J-PAL NA invites studies applying for funding through the General, HCDI, SLII, Work of the Future, and Ed Tech RFPs to concurrently apply for STReaM. We also welcome applications from projects that have received funding in a prior round but who are interested in receiving short-term research support. Selected studies will be led by Principal Investigators (PIs) who are early in their careers; have relatively limited prior RCT experience; and have limited access to other options for full-time research staff.

PROJECT GUIDELINES

STReaM will include part-time, remote support from research managers and research associates with prior experience managing randomized evaluations. While engagement durations will vary depending on the study's needs, we expect that STReaM may take 20-50% of one staff member's time over a period of 3-6 months.

J-PAL NA staff can provide support in a number of areas, which include but are not limited to: coordinating communication across stakeholders; refining randomization implementation design and consent procedures; pilot design and implementation; study process monitoring. The full description of STReaM includes more information about potential types of research support.

SELECTION

Projects selected to receive support through STReaM will be:

  • Led by Principal Investigators (PIs) who are early in their careers; have relatively limited prior RCT experience; and have limited access to other options for full-time research staff.
  • Strategically aligned with J-PAL NA's mission
  • Able to demonstrate the value-add of STReaM, including how and what kinds of project management support will contribute to the success of their work.
  • At or near the stage of launching randomization

TIMELINE

Deadlines Review process description

RFP and STReaM application deadline for HCDI & SPRI:
February 15, 2019

STReaM questionnaire. Studies interested in applying for STReaM will submit a brief questionnaire with their RFP application.

RFP review process

RFP application review. STReaM applications will not impact RFP funding decisions. The review board will not have access to the STReaM questionnaire until after funding decisions have been made. 

RFP notification date:
April 15, 2019

Notification. Studies that are eligible for STReaM will be contacted by J-PAL NA staff.

April 15 - 26, 2019

Introductory phone calls. J-PAL NA staff will coordinate an initial conversation with PIs to define what support would entail for their specific studies.

April 26 - May 3, 2019

STReaM review. STReaM applications will have a review board comprised of J-PAL NA staff leadership. Decisions about STReaM allocations will be released within 3 weeks of the RFP notification date.

HOW TO APPLY

Please complete and submit a brief questionnaire with your RFP application. This includes questions about your project's goals, progress to date, and areas in which you could use support. The RFP review board will not have access to the questionnaire as they make funding decisions. After the RFP decisions are released, eligible applicants will be contacted by J-PAL NA staff to clarify project needs and discuss next steps. 

Full information about STReaM can be found in the full description. Responses to common questions about the program can be found in our FAQ document.

For further information and questions, please email us at [email protected].