Research Improving People’s Lives (RIPL) is a nonprofit tech-for-social-impact organization that works with governments to help them use data, science, and technology to improve policy and lives. We work with faculty research affiliates from top research universities across the country to provide powerful, scientific-grade insights at the speed of policy directly to policymakers so that they can positively impact lives, solve pressing social challenges, and build their capacity to innovate and measure success going forward.
RIPL has supported policy and process improvements in health care, education, social insurance, civic participation, workforce development, and criminal justice. We use economics and behavioral science to design technology-based products that help government programs measurably increase impact for the people they serve while lowering cost of delivery. Examples include AI/chatbots which help low-income students prepare for and successfully enroll in college, and a recommendation engine that uses administrative data to better connect displaced workers with new skills and careers. During COVID-19, we worked with Rhode Island to make it the first state in the country to pay out Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits to support Rhode Island workers after they lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
We are a small and growing team working to measurably improve policy impact with objective research and scalable, sustainable technology with a growing portfolio of state and local government partnerships. We are positioned to add several new team members. If you are motivated to use human-centered research tools to improve policy through data-driven research, you may be an excellent fit for RIPL!
RIPL researchers use a scientific approach to proactively identify innovative solutions to improve lives across domains, including education, health, labor, social insurance, civic participation, criminal justice, and economic development. We are an interdisciplinary team that combines the talents of science and engineering to develop and deliver solutions that measurably achieve policy goals that alleviate poverty, improve equality of opportunity, and result in government products and services that better serve the people who use and need them.
We are looking for outstanding researchers who can develop and lead structured qualitative research that informs and gives contextual interpretation to empirical research and user interfaces for tech-driven policy projects. The ideal candidate will work successfully with policy partners and RIPL scientists to design, lead, and execute user research which ensures our analyses, models, and tech-driven policy products improve lives by simultaneously meeting people’s needs with inspiring policy innovations while satisfying policy considerations and constraints.
The ideal candidate will:
RIPL researchers may be based anywhere in the United States with travel necessary (estimated 10%) to RIPL offices and partner locations. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
At RIPL, you’ll develop a solid understanding of the technology, the power of scientific-grade research, how to productionize science for lasting impact, and how to navigate government partnerships to build lasting capacity for data-driven improvement as well as solving immediate policy needs. Our staff are located all over the country, but stay connected with online chat, regular coffee hours, and in-person time when travel is possible. As an organization, we value quality over quantity. To learn more about what we value, check out our leadership values.
to [email protected] with “User Researcher Application” in the subject line. We look forward to speaking with you!
RIPL is an equal opportunity employer.