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Grade: 11
Specialized Experience is fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-09 level, or equivalent, which includes performing basic data collection on projects associated with formative, process, or impact evaluations of Federal or State government programs. OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

* 1.Which of the following best describes your specialized experience/ education for this position?
  1. I have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level as described above.
  2. I have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  3. I have a combination of the education and specialized experience described that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work.
  4. I have none of the above.


* 2.Please provide the resume reference(s) and dates when you obtained the experience or education to meet Specialized Experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.Select the statement that best reflects your experience evaluating the outcomes of a domestic nutrition assistance, social welfare, criminal justice, or education program.
  1. Assisted other program managers to evaluate outcomes based on policy-related program change(s).
  2. Designed and/or conducted a comprehensive evaluation of a program that implemented policy change(s).
  3. Had training or formal education in evaluation of policy and program change.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: 12
Specialized experience is fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent, which includes designing or conducting formative, process, and/or impact evaluations of Federal or State government programs as a member of a team or under close supervision. Specialized experience must also include applying one of the following research methods: statistical sampling, social science research design, development of measures to answer research questions (such as survey questionnaires), and data collection as part of a sample of a target or research population of interest.

* 1.Will you have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level by the closing date of this announcement designing or conducting formative, process, and/or impact evaluations of Federal or State government programs as a member of a team or under close supervision?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please provide the resume reference(s) and dates when you designed or conducted formative, process, and/or impact evaluations of Federal or State government programs as a member of a team or under close supervision.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 2.Will you have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level by the closing date of this announcement applying one of the following research methods: statistical sampling, social science research design, development of measures to answer research questions (such as survey questionnaires), and data collection as part of a sample of a target or research population of interest?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the research method(s) you have utilized to meet Specialized Experience. Your resume must support your answer.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 3.Do you have experience in briefing senior managers (for example the head of an organization) regarding research approaches and results of a formative, process, or impact evaluation of their program?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Select the statement that best reflects your experience evaluating the outcomes of a domestic nutrition assistance, social welfare, criminal justice, or education program.
  1. Assisted other program managers to evaluate outcomes based on policy-related program change(s).
  2. Designed and/or conducted a comprehensive evaluation of a program that implemented policy change(s).
  3. Had training or formal education in evaluation of policy and program change.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: 13
Specialized experience is fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, which includes independently designing or conducting formative, process, and/or impact evaluations of Federal or State government programs. Specialized experience must also include applying more than one of the following research methods: statistical sampling, social science research design, development of measures to answer research questions (such as survey questionnaires), and data collection as part of a sample of a target population or research population of interest.

* 1.Will you have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level by the closing date of this announcement independently designing or conducting formative, process, and/or impact evaluations of Federal or State government programs?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please provide the resume reference(s) and dates when you independently designed or conducted formative, process, and/or impact evaluations of Federal or State government programs.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 2.Will you have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level by the closing date of this announcement applying more than one of the following research methods: statistical sampling, social science research design, development of measures to answer research questions (such as survey questionnaires), and data collection as part of a sample of a target population or research population of interest?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the research method(s) you have utilized to meet Specialized Experience. Your resume must support your answer.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 3.Do you have experience in briefing senior managers (for example the head of an organization) regarding research approaches and results of a formative, process, or impact evaluation of their program?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Do you have experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform a major program evaluation of a domestic nutrition assistance, social welfare, criminal justice, or education program? This experience may be gained by working as staff on a major program evaluation or by successfully completing a graduate level course on research design. This experience may be gained by working as staff on a major program evaluation of a federal program or policy or by successfully completing a graduate level course on research design that included case studies of three or more major program evaluations.
  1. I am currently serving as a principal investigator or project manager on a major program evaluation as defined above.
  2. Within the last five years I have worked on more than one of these program evaluation activities: research design, data collection, or data analysis.
  3. I have graduate level training in program evaluation and have conducted research as a part of the requirements for my degree.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Have you successfully completed a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR do you have a combination of education and experience that provided you with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; OR do you have four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that you have acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field? There must be sufficient documentation in your resume to support your response (e.g., copies of transcripts).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Select the statement that best reflects your participation in evaluation activities or studies.
  1. Participated in developing instruments, collecting data from respondents and/or conducting statistical analyses.
  2. Principal investigator on at least one social science evaluation study.
  3. Co-investigator on at least one social science evaluation study.
  4. Project manager on at least one social science evaluation study.
  5. None of the above.


* 3.Within the past 5 years have you used one or more statistical software packages to conduct multi-variate analyses?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Have you analyzed data files from nationally representative surveys?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Do you have experience presenting study results or an organization's point-of-view and responding to questions about study methods and findings of an organization's policies and programs to interagency work groups; advocacy, lobbying, and/or public interest organizations; and/or professional associations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Select the statements that describe your experience in preparing written materials on technical subjects.
  1. I have written research papers analyzing data for courses at the postgraduate level.
  2. I have written a statement of work for a request for proposals (RFP) or written a research proposal in response to a RFP.
  3. I have authored or co-authored a technical research paper for refereed publication.
  4. I have written articles, position papers, press releases, and answers to frequently asked questions, summaries or briefs on findings from scientific research for non-technical audiences.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.Which of the following skills have you performed during a research study or project?
  1. Designed quasi-experimental or experimental design studies.
  2. Designed a community survey, evidence review, or qualitative research study.
  3. Calculated confidence intervals and tests of statistical significance.
  4. Analyzed data using multivariate statistical techniques.
  5. Developed appropriate sample weights for data and/or dealt with self-selection bias and/or non-response issues.
  6. Abstracted data from a sample of administrative records as part of a research project.
  7. Determined sample sizes needed for different precision and confidence levels.
  8. Developed data collection instruments and questionnaires.
  9. I have not performed any of these skills during a research study or project.


* 8.Do you have experience providing guidance to others on research designs and methods that will meet study objectives?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.Do you have experience providing guidance to others on whether statistical results support study conclusions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Reminder: In addition to this questionnaire, you must also submit all information/documents applicable to you as described in the vacancy announcement under "Required Documents." Please read the vacancy announcement carefully. Also please follow the online instructions carefully for submitting documents and check your account to confirm the documents are received in the online hiring system prior to the closing date. If all the required information is not submitted, you will be found ineligible for this position.
  1. OK


* 11.How did you learn about this position?
  1. Agency Internet Site recruitment.
  2. Private Employment Web Site.
  3. Other Internet Site.
  4. Poster.
  5. Newspaper.
  6. Magazine.
  7. TV/Radio.
  8. Student association.
  9. Private Employment Office.
  10. State Employment Office.
  11. Federal, state, or local Job Information Center.
  12. Agency Human Resources Department (bulletin board or other announcement).
  13. Agency or other Federal government on campus.
  14. Religious organization.
  15. School or college counselor or other official.
  16. Job Fair.
  17. Friend or relative working for this agency.
  18. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.
  19. Professional organization or publication.
  20. Other.






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