Research Analyst

Frameworks Institute

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The FrameWorks Institute — a nonprofit think tank that designs, conducts, interprets, and shares communications research to advance the resolution of social problems — seeks a Research Analyst to participate in its multi-disciplinary research process and contribute to FrameWorks’ research in a supporting role. The successful candidate will join FrameWorks’ research team in investigating how to effectively reframe a wide range of social and scientific issues. This is an outstanding opportunity for an early career professional with experience in social science research.

The Research Analyst will work closely with other members of the research team to collect, analyze, and interpret multiple streams of data, and will assist with drafts of reports and presentations. The position will contribute to research for a broad portfolio of projects on issues ranging from child development and health equity to the environment and the economy.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C. The position requires up to 25% travel.


  • Conduct and analyze person-centered, long-form semi-structured interviews with experts, practitioners, and members of the public
  • Facilitate and analyze focus groups
  • Conduct on-the-street interviews to gauge the effectiveness of candidate frames
  • Collect and organize data for analyses of media content and advocacy communications; assist with analysis
  • Assist with design and development of survey experiments that test the frame effects of values, metaphors, and other communications strategies
  • Present research findings in collaboration with other members of the research team
  • Contribute to FrameWorks’ research reports and support FrameWorks’ PhD-trained researchers in writing up findings in various formats and styles suitable for different audiences


  • Strong qualitative research skills, and ability to integrate qualitative and quantitative findings
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, client-oriented setting
  • Strong writing and presentation skills; ability to present to audiences without social science backgrounds
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills; ability to thrive in a fast-paced organization
  • Understanding of and attention to issues of race, equity, and inclusion
  • Professional, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, “can do” attitude


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Master’s degree in a social science field
  • Training and experience in conducting multi-method research
  • Experience in ethnography, semi-structured interviewing, focus group research, and/or experimental surveys
  • Professional experience in applied research

About frameworks:

The FrameWorks Institute conducts, publishes, and shares communications research to prepare nonprofit organizations to expand their constituency base, build public will, and further public understanding of specific social issues. Since 1999, FrameWorks has combined theories and research methods from the cognitive and social sciences to investigate how Americans view a variety of social issues: children’s issues, education, public health and health access, food quality and safety, oceans and climate change, racial disparities, immigration, the role of government, and more. This work has now expanded to influence NGOs working on these issues in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, South Africa, and the U.K. FrameWorks also offers trainings and technical assistance to help policy experts and advocates, scientists and community educators use this research to improve public understanding of complex social issues. Over this period, we have built an institution that is highly regarded in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and have contributed to the development of a community of active framers who access and use our research to build public will and redirect public thinking. In 2015, FrameWorks was one of nine nonprofits worldwide to be recognized with the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. For more information, see


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