Elizabeth Linos, Professor

Closed (1) Criminal legal system

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This position will involve being part of The People Lab - a dynamic team that is committed to designing and implementing cutting edge research with government and nonprofit partners across a variety of projects that span the criminal legal system, policing, and public safety. For example, our team seeks to understand: how can cities motivate citizens to provide feedback about policing practices? How can diversity be improved in campus police hiring? What is the effect of higher education in prison? How can the re-entry process be improved for people who are leaving prison and are on probation?

As a part of a team of behavioral scientists, public management scholars, and public policy graduate students at The People Lab, the undergraduate student in this position will contribute to one or multiple studies that explores major issues in the nation's current criminal legal system. This project is an exciting opportunity for a URAP. It has a myriad of components, including data management, research design, survey design and implementation, data analysis, community partnership communication, and report-writing.

Research assistants will have the opportunity to gain experience in behavioral economic theory and practice, randomized control trial (RCT) implementation, administrative data analysis, survey design and implementation, and academic research in public policy by participating in these types of tasks:

-Editing a survey instrument and assist in fielding a large-scale survey
-Develop and write literature reviews, policy briefs, and scholarly papers
-Practice data management skills
-Collaborate on community partner communications (email updates, research plan, reports)
-Support data cleaning and analysis

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jessica Li, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Students should: -Have an interest in criminal justice policy in general -Be excited at the prospect of joining a fast-paced team -Be able and interested in accomplishing different tasks each week -Be willing to do some self-directed background learning on various topics and skills.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: http://peoplelab.berkeley.edu

Closed (2) Equity and diversity in government

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This position will involve being part of The People Lab - a dynamic team that is committed to designing and implementing cutting edge research with government and nonprofit partners across a variety of projects that seek to ensure that government workers are able to serve their communities in equitable and productive ways. For example, our team seeks to understand: how do government workers make decisions? What are causal impacts of workplace factors, such as burnout, on bias in decision-making? How do “nudges” - small interventions meant to support workers - positively affect job outcomes?

As a part of a team of behavioral scientists, public management scholars, and public policy graduate students at The People Lab, the undergraduate student in this position will contribute to one or multiple studies that explores major issues in the nation's government workforce. This project is an exciting opportunity for a URAP. It has a myriad of components, including data management, research design, survey design and implementation, data analysis, community partnership communication, and report-writing.

Research assistants will have the opportunity to gain experience in behavioral economic theory and practice, randomized control trial (RCT) implementation, administrative data analysis, survey design and implementation, and academic research in public policy by participating in these types of tasks:

-Editing a survey instrument and assist in fielding a large-scale survey
-Develop and write literature reviews, policy briefs, and scholarly papers
-Practice data management skills
-Collaborate on community partner communications (email updates, research plan, reports)
-Support data cleaning and analysis

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jessica Li, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Students should: -Have an interest in equity and diversity in the government workforce in general -Be excited at the prospect of joining a fast-paced team -Be able and interested in accomplishing different tasks each week -Be willing to do some self-directed background learning on various topics and skills.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: http://peoplelab.berkeley.edu

Closed (3) Supporting low-income households in interacting with government

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This position will involve being part of The People Lab - a dynamic team that is committed to designing and implementing cutting edge research with government and nonprofit partners across a variety of projects that span the social safety net, service delivery, and anti-poverty policy. For example, our team seeks to understand: how can we improve uptake of rental assistance? How does administrative burden influence use of public services? How can we improve service delivery by improving front line worker motivation?

As a part of a team of behavioral scientists, public management scholars, and public policy graduate students at The People Lab, the undergraduate student in this position will contribute to one or multiple studies that explores major issues in the nation's social safety net. This project is an exciting opportunity for a URAP. It has a myriad of components, including data management, research design, survey design and implementation, data analysis, community partnership communication, and report-writing

Research assistants will have the opportunity to gain experience in behavioral economic theory and practice, randomized control trial (RCT) implementation, administrative data analysis, survey design and implementation, and academic research in public policy by participating in these types of tasks:

-Editing a survey instrument and assist in fielding a large-scale survey
-Develop and write literature reviews, policy briefs, and scholarly papers
-Practice data management skills
-Collaborate on community partner communications (email updates, research plan, reports)
-Support data cleaning and analysis

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jessica Li, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Students should: -Have an interest in social safety net programs and supporting access to those programs in general -Be excited at the prospect of joining a fast-paced team -Be able and interested in accomplishing different tasks each week -Be willing to do some self-directed background learning on various topics and skills.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: https://peoplelab.berkeley.edu

Closed (4) Bolstering civic engagement

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This position will involve being part of The People Lab - a dynamic team that is committed to designing and implementing cutting edge research with government and nonprofit partners across a variety of projects that aim to better understand how public policies and government programs shape the beliefs, skills, and resources of citizens–and how this encourages or discourages their political participation. For example, our team seeks to understand: How can we improve rates of voter registration among young people? How can we support more equitable access to voting?

As a part of a team of behavioral scientists, public management scholars, and public policy graduate students at The People Lab, the undergraduate student in this position will contribute to one or multiple studies that explores major issues in the context of civic engagement. This project is an exciting opportunity for a URAP. It has a myriad of components, including data management, research design, survey design and implementation, data analysis, community partnership communication, and report-writing.

Research assistants will have the opportunity to gain experience in behavioral economic theory and practice, randomized control trial (RCT) implementation, administrative data analysis, survey design and implementation, and academic research in public policy by participating in these types of tasks:

-Editing a survey instrument and assist in fielding a large-scale survey
-Develop and write literature reviews, policy briefs, and scholarly papers
-Practice data management skills
-Collaborate on community partner communications (email updates, research plan, reports)
-Support data cleaning and analysis

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jessica Li, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Students should: -Have an interest in civic engagement in general -Be excited at the prospect of joining a fast-paced team -Be able and interested in accomplishing different tasks each week -Be willing to do some self-directed background learning on various topics and skills.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: https://peoplelab.berkeley.edu