Research Associate – Childhood Obesity Prevention



The Company

Mission Measurement (MM) is an impact measurement firm that provides research, data, and tools that enable government and philanthropy to predict, measure, and improve return on social program investment. In 2014, MM began developing the Impact Genome Project®(IGP), the world’s most comprehensive evidence base of ‘what works’ in social change. For each area of social policy, the IGP systematically codes and meta-analyzes all relevant policy research and program evaluations that have been completed. The goal: identify what program activities or mechanisms work, so decision-makers can understand why certain programs are more effective than others, for whom, and ultimately how to increase the impact of any program.


Recently, MM and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) launched a project to apply the principles of the IGP to research of childhood obesity prevention interventions and policies. Specifically, this project will create a standardized taxonomy of outcomes and activities that are universally applicable to childhood obesity prevention interventions and policy; an evidence base of published and unpublished evaluations coded by these taxonomies; a meta-analysis to surface what intervention strategies produce positive effects; and two papers for publication (one on the methods and one on the findings). The project is focused on obesity prevention among children ages 2-5 year-olds.


The Position

Mission Measurement is looking for an exceptional researcher to join the project team as Research Associate, starting immediately. This contract position is funded through October 2019, though there is a possibility for extension and conversion to permanent employee. The ideal candidate will be available to work full-time from our Chicago, IL office, but flexibility on hours and location is possible.


The Research Associate will:

  • Participate in all aspects of research for this project, learning and applying IGP protocols:
    • Development of a relevant bibliography
    • Development and stakeholder review of the standardized taxonomy of outcomes and genes
    • Coding of the bibliography with the taxonomy
    • Completion of project deliverables
  • Interact with a panel of childhood obesity prevention experts from NIH, CDC, USDA, and leading academic experts
  • Support creation of two papers for publication




  • Advanced degree in childhood obesity prevention or related field
  • Experience conducting literature reviews
  • Exceptional ability to rapidly read and comprehend formal evaluations of behavioral interventions/policies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to move quickly and thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, rigorous environment
  • Available to work full-time from our Chicago, IL office preferred, but flexibility on hours and location is possible.



Commensurate with experience and availability (full-time vs. part-time)


To Apply

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