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Cost Transparency Initiative Internship Opportunity – Spring 2023

CEGA seeks a part-time student (graduate or undergraduate) intern to support a meta-evaluation of open-innovation prize competitions that have been completed over the past 5-10 years. 

Application deadline: January 25, 2023 (viewed on a rolling basis)

Research / Staff Lead: Liz Brown (CEGA)

About CEGA

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a hub for research, training and innovation headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley. We generate insights that leaders can use to improve policies, programs, and people’s lives. Our academic network includes more than 150 faculty, 65 scholars from low- and middle-income countries, and hundreds of graduate students–from across academic disciplines and across the globe–to produce rigorous evidence about what works to expand education, health, and economic opportunities for people living in poverty. For more information, visit our website.

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About the Cost Transparency Initiative

Cost evidence is essential for policymakers to decide how to allocate scarce resources across impactful programs. Yet, fewer than one in five impact evaluations integrates cost evidence—such as by including a cost effectiveness analysis (CEA) or cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of the evaluated program (Brown and Tanner, 2019). Available cost evidence is often maligned because of poor underlying data quality, lack of methodological rigor, and insufficient transparency in the reporting of methods and assumptions. The lack of attention to costing from researchers limits the influence of impact evidence by making it less relevant to decision maker’s concerns.

CEGA’s Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI) works to address this challenge by studying and improving the “market” for producing and using cost data, establishing “best practice” methods and tools, and building sustainable research capacity for producing cost evidence. Through these channels, the CTI aims to improve and scale the use of high-quality cost evidence in impact evaluation research.

Position Overview

CEGA seeks a part-time student (graduate or undergraduate) intern to support a meta-evaluation of open-innovation prize competitions that have been completed over the past 5-10 years. The primary role for the intern is to assist in the development of a quantitative data set that will be used for the purposes of evaluation when completed. The internship will last through the Spring semester, and may be extended into Summer pending intern interest and available funding. The intern will join weekly meetings with the prize competition evaluation team led by CEGA Staff Scientist Liz Brown to coordinate the work. They will be expected to join weekly CEGA staff meetings and other CEGA events as appropriate. Specific responsibilities will include:

Assemble a quantitative data set on open-innovation prizes and their outcomes: The quantitative data set underpins the evaluation approach and will characterize the attributes of prize competition design, prize applicant pool, prize winners and near-winners. The intern will undertake review and extract key variables from an existing repository of structured and unstructured documents, including: reports, budgets, databases, spreadsheets, web-resources, descriptions of prize and award processes, results assessments, evaluations, etc. related to the prize competition design, and applicant pool. The intern will apply a common framework and data extraction tool to compile the data set under the guidance of senior researchers and will be provided with routine feedback.

Other responsibilities include contributing to the maintenance of the data files and their organization, such as organizing files in a systematic fashion for ease of later data extraction efforts. The intern may contribute to the creation of tools to structure the data extraction, participate in team and client-facing meetings, take notes during meetings, or undertake targeted literature searches, writing, and or data quality assessment as time, interest, and availability allow.

Required Qualifications:

  • Interest in impact evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Structured thinker with the ability to apply organization skills to mostly unstructured material
  • Self-directed and intrinsically motivated with proven capacity to manage work independently and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines
  • Strong ability to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with quantitative or qualitative data sets, data cleaning and variable construction
  • Experience with data extraction, or data scraping
  • Interest and/or experience with open science (replicability and reproducibility, reporting practices, pre-analysis and pre-registration of studies, etc.)

Timeline and Payment: 

  • This opportunity is available for the Spring semester, with the earliest start date in January 2023 or ASAP. The internship may be extended into Summer pending intern interest and available funding. The opportunity is considered a part-time position.
  • An undergraduate level intern working part time (10-15 hrs/week) will receive a stipend of $680 / month. A graduate level intern working part time will receive a stipend of $800 / month.

How to Apply:

Please send a one-page cover letter and CV as one PDF to with the Subject “CTI Internship Spring 2023.”

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