Research Technician positions to assist with qualitative data collection and processing for the Alaska Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (AK-SAKI).
This 15 to 20 hour/week Research Technician position will assist with qualitative data collection and processing for the Alaska Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (AK-SAKI). The position is funded for 750 hours, which is expected to span 10 to 12 months after initiation.
The Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been awarded a Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance grant to partner with the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center to conduct research on their practices related to sexual assault investigation, prosecution, and victim engagement and support. This grant is one of many Sexual Assault Kit Initiatives (SAKI) across the country.
The AK-SAKI research project will use multiple types of data collection and analyses. The research will begin with interviews of key stakeholders in the sexual assault case process (key stakeholders include: adult sexual assault survivors who have sought help from the Alaska State Troopers; Alaska State Troopers; sexual assault nurse examiners and other medical personnel; court representatives; prosecution and defense representatives; victim advocates; Sexual Assault Response Team coordinators; DPS crime lab personnel; etc.). The research priority is to understand what the processes for Alaska State Trooper cases looked like in the approximate date range of 2006 - 2016 from different perspectives and whether those processes meet stakeholders’ expectations of justice. Interviews will be conducted with approximately 80 stakeholders (40 adult sexual assault survivors and 40 justice system stakeholders).
The interview findings will be used to shape a survey that will be distributed to a larger number of adult sexual assault survivors. These surveys will be used to assess the effectiveness of the current processes and identify areas for improvement. The interview findings will also be used to determine which factors to look at using DPS electronic records. As with the surveys, the electronic records will be used to assess the effectiveness of the current processes and identify areas for improvement.
Proficiency in navigating basic computer software, particularly Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel).
Proficiency in navigating electronic team collaboration platforms and tools (e.g., Microsoft Teams, Sharepoint).
Ability to read and interpret interview transcripts to detect themes and sub-themes.
Ability to communicate with others in professional and respectful capacity.
Ability to engage in self-care and establish a healthy work/life balance.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the area of sexual violence issues (particularly Alaska specific sexual violence issues) and/or knowledge of or experience with rural and/or Alaska Native issues.
Required Experience: High school graduation and six months experience in a field relevant to the research or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Application Procedure: In order to be considered for this position, applicants must upload the following documents to their online application:
- Cover Letter
- 3 Professional References
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