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Collaborative Demographic Data Specialist VISTA
West Virginia has historically been one of the poorest states in the nation, and has been particularly economically challenged in recent decades. Per the U.S. Census, 17.5 % of West Virginian’s fell below the poverty line in 2015. When looking at just children, the rate is higher, 24.6% of children. Effective strategies to address poverty in WV rest squarely with improving health, educational attainment, and innovation, per the West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy. Work carried out by the VISTA will address health and education by supporting local programs that work to improve health and education outcomes in WV communities. It is challenging for communities without much staff and/or resources to find the data they need to support their applications for grant funding or even programmatic development. We will help these local organizations by building a database of local data available through a website portal and dashboard. We have collected the data and are documenting it, but we would like to be able to share this data with other organizations so that we are not the only ones benefitting from it. Once we have the data and dashboard prepared, we will reach out to networks of non-profits and local governments to tell them about the availability. We also will develop a tutorial to show them how easy it will be to access the data that they need to strengthen their arguments, improve programs, and apply for more grant monies. There are numerous organizations, agencies, and local and national foundations working to address poverty and health in West Virginia; however, most of them to do have the data analytic skills to find and analyze data. True grass roots efforts also require access to data that most small organizations and individuals do now know how to gather. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is well suited to this task given their awareness of how systems and social contexts shape individual behaviors within communities.
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Member Duties : We have dozens of Excel datasets containing dozens of variables each. We need someone who can organize this data in a useful fashion so that it can then be made available to local agencies and organizations for programmatic improvements/targeting and/or grant writing. Ultimately, we want someone to be able to pull data for their county (and other counties if they need to compare) to see how their programs are working, or see which programs might be needed. This data can also be used to strengthen grant proposals to federal agencies or foundations.
Program Benefits : Housing assistance possible ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Computers/Technology ,  General Skills . 
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Collaborative Demographic Data Specialist VISTA

Program Start/End Date
11/13/2018  -   11/12/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WEST VIRGINIA  

Accepting Applications
From  09/11/2018  To  10/15/2018 

Contact Amanda Young
Colson Annex
Morgantown   WV   26505
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 82217