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Graduate Research Assistant

The SGA will work under the supervision of Dr. Modestino to support City to City (C2C), a new initiative at Northeastern University that is focused on conducting community engaged research with the goal of finding equitable solutions to local policy problems ( The SGA will work closely with Professor Modestino along with other faculty to conduct policy driven research including both randomized evaluations as well as quasi-experimental assessments testing the effectiveness of various interventions in applied policy areas such as crime, education, health, housing, public health, transportation, urban/regional development, and workforce development. The SGA will assist with basic data collection from both primary (e.g., surveys, focus groups) and secondary (e.g., administrative data) for use in mixed methods analyses supporting program evaluation.

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  • Project Title

    City to City: Policy Equity for All

  • Faculty / Project Lead

    Alicia Sasser Modestino

  • Project Description

    Funded by the Provost Office, City to City is an impact accelerator designed to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice to find equitable solutions to local policy problems across each of Northeastern’s global campus locations. With two initial hubs in Boston and Oakland, the C2C team plays a key role in helping create partnerships between researchers and policymakers (city departments, state agencies, and community-based organizations) to co-create data-driven policy analysis, co-design and implement policy solutions, and iterate on program evaluation and development to move the needle on society’s most pressing public problems such as crime, housing, public health, and workforce development. Ongoing projects include an evaluation of summer youth employment programs, an analysis of the impact of federal COVID funding on the childcare industry, development of a sector based biopharma workforce development system, and a randomized control trial of an opioid buyback program. Please see Professor Modestino’s web site ( for background reading on publications that have already emerged from this research.

  • Qualifications Necessary

    The ideal candidate will possess all of the required qualifications listed below plus one or two of the additional qualifications. Required Qualifications: • Possess an interdisciplinary focus and a demonstrated interest in public policy issues with a passion for real-world impact • Attention to detail and organization are essential to ensure data integrity • Expert knowledge of excel and experience programming in STATA to analyze data • Excellent verbal and communication skills to facilitate client interactions • Deadline oriented to achieve external milestones required by funder or policy partner Additional Qualifications: • Experience working in partnerships with states, cities, or community based organizations to conduct impactful policy-relevant analysis. • Knowledge of survey methodology • Familiarity with randomized control trial designs • Ability to create professional presentations for meetings with external partners • Able to write policy briefs for a lay audience