The New Mexico Evaluation Lab, part of the UNM Economics Department, is seeking applicants for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The Evaluation Lab serves the dual purpose of training students in applied research and building program evaluation capacity in community organizations that serve vulnerable families in New Mexico. The idea is to harness the rigorous analytical and quantitative skills of academia to serve the public good.
Fellows receive a modest stipend of $500 per semester, for a total of $1,000. They take two 3-credit courses: Evaluation Lab I in the Fall and Evaluation Lab II in the Spring. Evaluation Lab I emphasizes collaborative and culturally competent problem-solving, robust data analysis and creative ways of communicating technical information. Student teams then partner with non-profit community organizations, and class assignments are tailored to meet organization needs. A faculty member or a research scientist from one of UNM’s policy centers will mentor the student teams.
UNM graduate students in any department can apply. Students must have completed at least one statistics course or social sciences methods course with a grade of B or higher. Students must register for two courses in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, respectively.