Nov 29, 2018


  • Office of Evaluation Sciences
  • Washington, DC, USA
Full time Behavioral

Job Description

The Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) is currently accepting applications for one-year fellowships beginning in October 2019 in Washington, D.C. Based at the General Services Administration (GSA), OES is a team of applied researchers tasked with applying insights from the social and behavioral sciences to federal programs, and testing and learning what works. OES partners with federal agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of new evidence-based interventions on program outcomes and provides agencies evidence to make informed programmatic decisions.

OES has completed over 60 randomized evaluations with agency partners. OES has made major strides improving federal programs by applying and testing the impact of behavioral insights on a diverse range of agency outcomes, while being a leader in transparency and accountability and following the best practices in social science research. Dozens of agencies have joined this effort, creating innovative partnerships to tackle some of the most pressing challenges in the United States and abroad, such as  opioid prescribing, access to healthcare for Veterans, reducing energy use and costs, and improving government efficiency. Visit our website more information on our portfolio to date.

Fellowship Details

The work and role of OES is unique - directly designing, implementing and analyzing evidence based interventions and randomized evaluations in a large-scale federal policy environment. OES Fellows apply promising interventions at a national scale, run large scale tests reaching millions of people, and work closely with key decision makers in government. Fellows shape their own high-impact portfolio of work, design and direct projects, author academic publications, and benefit from a dynamic team and flexible Federal work environment.

Full-time fellowship positions start in October 2019 in Washington, D.C. Fellows and Associate Fellows join OES on-loan from academic, nonprofit, or government offices on either a reimbursable or non-reimbursable basis.  Fellows have come from a variety of universities (e.g. Harvard University, Reed College, and University of Washington), non-profits (e.g. ideas42, MDRC), and federal departments. There is additional flexibility for Federal employees applying for a rotational detail.

Responsibilities of OES Fellows include:

  • Understanding agency objectives and priorities, identifying opportunities to translate findings from the social and behavioral sciences into concrete recommendations
  • Driving implementation on 3-5 projects, including collaborating with agency partners to ensure:
  • intervention ideas and the design meet agency goals;
  • field experiments are implemented as planned; and,
  • the implications of results are clearly understood
  • Working directly with agency collaborators to design and rigorously test interventions
  • Performing data analysis and interpretation
  • Distilling findings into reports, policy memos, and academic publications
  • Representing the team by presenting at government and external conferences and meetings
  • Assisting, as needed, on additional projects being managed by other team members. Collaborating on and contributing to internal team tasks and projects


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