Analyst, Measurement and Evaluation
Who We Are
Bridge partners with governments, donors, and parents to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops her full potential and creates the foundation for prosperity for the country. We are dedicated to supporting teachers, empowering school leaders, and ensuring every child has the learning support needed to master the national syllabus and have the confidence to succeed in a competitive world. Each of our project or country teams are supported through expertise and programming from additional offices around the world, combining world-leading expertise in core design areas with locally resident leadership and execution. We leverage experts, data, and technology in order to support and scale every aspect of quality education delivery. Bridge managed and supported schools are technology enabled and data driven to ensure accountability in the classroom for both teachers’ performance and children’s learning.
The Bridge model delivers significant learning outcomes at large scale by combining technology and customized learning materials. At Bridge, we believe innovation and technology can transform learning. Our model – which uses technology to deliver thoroughly researched and carefully designed daily lesson guides to teachers in our academies – is proven to increase learning outcomes for children. We are a solutions-driven, implementation-focused organization, using design principles to work in varied and often highly constrained contexts to ensure learning outcomes and positive development for children. Working in regional and national scales is important to us, as empowering entire generations of children with core knowledge, skills, and confidence is what builds the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous future for us all.
Our mission is to provide our pupils with a life-changing education and we believe that every child should have a right to world-class education regardless of her family’s income. Core to our approach is the conviction that every child can learn, as long as the school she attends is committed to her development and puts her needs to learn at the forefront of all decisions. We have seen teachers and children transform and excel in both government and private schools that we support and manage.
We invite you to join this incredible endeavor that is having world-changing impact across multiple continents. You will join a team of dedicated change-makers committed to ensuring that each decision we make keeps a child’s experience of learning as its guiding principle.
Measurement and Evaluation
The Measurement and Evaluation team at Bridge is housed within the Strategy group and collaborates across department to ensure that schools are well-managed, teachers are teaching, and that our pupils are learning each and every day. We work alongside these groups and central office support staff to answer the core questions of “Is what we’re doing working?” and “How do we get better?” We blend quantitative analyses with qualitative field work to improve systems and processes, measure the outsides of our efforts, and help translate the results to both internal and external stakeholders.
We work on a variety of projects, big and small; some are quick turnaround analyses while others require longer, more sustained efforts.
One large-scale ongoing effort is performance management and building a sustainable learning loop into our systems. Another is revamping our quality assurance system to make the data collected more actionable and the entire system more effective. Examples of shorter-term projects include conducting efficacy studies, digging in on existing data to answer time-sensitive questions, and piloting new data collection efforts.
About the Role
We are seeking a full-time analyst to join our team, someone eager for a 2-year adventure at a critical time in the company’s growth. The impact you’ll be able to make with each dataset you organize and each data visualization you produce is BIG; every analysis you conduct informs a decision to support thousands of children at once.
At Bridge, data fuels improvement. We want to cultivate data and analytics rock stars, people who produce and use data to reveal actionable lessons-learned for Bridge’s rapidly growing network of schools. This role consists of assembling data sets, analysing data, conducting experiments, producing data visualizations, and disseminating data to help leaders in each of our territories manage performance. The role also involves developing and refining data collection tools, protocols, and visualizations. We aim to impact teaching and learning, so we need to deliver high quality data to decision makers at all levels of Bridge.
Our analysts must able to effectively work with people from diverse backgrounds, think critically and make sound on-the-spot judgement calls for tricky issues, and have a brilliant mind for pattern recognition and the visual displays that help others see data more clearly.
You will report to the Manager, Measurement & Evaluation. This job will be based in Hyderabad. Limited travel may be required, typically for professional conferences or team meetings.
What You Will Do
- Interrogate and Assemble Data Sets. Bridge performance is driven by several indicators. Our data comes from a diverse set of sources. Some of the data come from Bridge systems and data producing processes. Some of the data we use is produced by government agencies within the many countries we serve. This data often requires significant preprocessing before it is ready and useful. As the volume of data and its use for decision making increases, it is critical that we build and maintain robust data sets for reporting and analysis.
- Automate Data Collection Processes. We are continuously improving how we measure and collect performance information. As we transition from legacy systems, it is critical that we identify the most useful data and ensure that it is available when we need it and at the desired frequency.
- Analyze Data and Succinctly Summarize Results. Ultimately, we seek to accelerate learning at Bridge. We value the ability to recognize patterns within a data set, separate the signal from the noise, and communicate the discoveries in plain English.
- Apply Basic Statistical Tests. A good understanding of statistics is vital. You should be familiar with statistical tests, distributions, power calculations, and when to use each method or technique. Given our business is producing learning, it is important to understand the psychometric properties of assessments.
- Develop Data Visualizations. Visualizing and communicating data is incredibly important. It is essential to be able to assemble the best available information into a form that will allow managers to see variation within their domains, identify leading and lagging performance, and test whether their change ideas are improvements.
- Conduct Split Testing (A/B Trials). Many of our instructional improvements began as hypotheses to be tested. Bridge’s instructional technology makes it possible to conduct split tests and help our instructional designers understand whether their modifications are productive.
- For any project, be ready to propose a plan and execute. This includes creating a timeline, liaising with other departments to get the support you need, managing and motivating short-term staff members, figuring out how to get things done when things don’t go as planned, getting the data you need and getting it right, conducting analyses, framing the results, and answer any and all questions about your work.
- Establish and maintain relationships with educational stakeholders in the US, UK, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia, and India. You’ll be a source of important information related to improvement efforts across Bridge.
What You Should Have
- Analytic skills – to understand what the data means and recognize patterns that require action.
- Programming skills – experience working with a statistical programming language like R, Python, or Stata, plus a background in SQL databases.
- Data visualization skills – familiarity with the tools necessary to visualize data (e.g. PowerBI), and also the principles behind visually encoding data and communicating information.
- Communication and presentation skills – to provide reports to production managers and business leaders to influence decision-making you will need effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Bonus – experience in extreme growth situations and dealing with complexity; worked/studied in a developing country, worked in a no-excuses charter school in high-poverty areas in the U.S., and/or experience implementing data collection projects, particularly for impact evaluations.
- A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
- A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
- A relentless advocate – The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience, and value.
- A malleable learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
- A data-driven decision-maker – When making decisions, you don’t rely your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyze it and make decisions with clear justifications.
- A curious investigator – You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions – and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.