Opportunity: Research Partnership--No Longer Accepting Applications

Position: Election Toolkit Research Partner
Honorarium: $10,000
Location: Remote opportunity
Type: Part time
Term: December 1, 2018 - May 1, 2019
Application deadline: November 12, 2018

Position description

Launched in 2016, the Election Toolkit is a collection of free and low-cost tools to promote civic engagement and make voting easier. When used by the Toolkit’s audience of election officials in state and local government, these tools have shaped the experiences of voters throughout the United States.

To better understand the Toolkit’s impact, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) is seeking a research partner to design and manage an impact measurement study. As the research partner, you will use both quantitative and qualitative methods to measure the impact of the Election Toolkit on the election officials who use it and the communities they serve. In a final report, you’ll share your findings along with recommendations.


  • Research and data collection: Design and manage a study to identify who’s using the Election Toolkit, how they’re using it, what results they’re getting from using the tools, and how those results can be seen in their communities

  • Analysis: Identify trends, commonalities, blind spots, and opportunities regarding how election officials use the Toolkit

  • Writing: Draft a final report sharing major findings from the research as well as recommendations


As the Election Toolkit Research Partner, you will have a passion for investigating how American democracy works and an understanding of the Election Toolkit’s mission. In addition, you will possess many but not necessarily all of the following skills and qualifications:

  • You have thoughtful project management skills and attention to detail.

  • You have experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Bonus: you have a background in monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL).

  • You have strong verbal and written communication skills. You’re able to synthesize complex data and translate research findings into recommendations.

  • You’re dedicated to delivering honest, comprehensive findings, regardless of whether they’re flattering or hard to hear.

About CTCL

CTCL is a nonprofit that uses technology to improve the way government and communities interact. We do this by providing free and low-cost resources for election officials so they can update the ways they use technology to communicate with the public. We also do this by publishing free, open-source civic datasets that are used in some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation.

To date, we’ve trained thousands of election officials on topics like social media, election website best practices, and cybersecurity. And we have published civic datasets that answer the questions “What’s on my ballot?” and “Who represents me?” which have been accessed over 200 million times.

The Center for Technology and Civic Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage candidates of all races, colors, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, branches of military service, and political party affiliations to apply.

Although this is a remote position, we feel it's best suited for candidates based in the United States. Only if an applicant is an ideal candidate, is able to travel to the U.S., and can easily communicate with people based in the U.S. would we consider a different location.

Questions about the partnership? Reach out to Kurt Sampsel at kurt@techandciviclife.org.