WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 25, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) is contributing to a mixed-method study of housing and community revitalization outcomes of state investments in affordable housing production in Massachusetts over the next year. CHAPA seeks a part-time (12 hours/week) Data Analyst to support its multi-dimensional investigation of community well-being in study communities.
The purpose of the study is to strengthen revitalization outcomes of publicly-funded investments in affordable housing production in Massachusetts. A literature review of housing-based community revitalization will be combined with two primary research components: (1) Policy analysis of current community revitalization objectives and practices of the MA Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) housing production investments, and (2) A case study of three recent affordable housing development projects funded through DHCD processes.
Secondary data analysis:
CHAPA will be using area-level data to describe conditions in study neighborhoods over time. Analyses will determine trends over time, as well as comparisons among study neighborhoods and the entire town/city. Doing so will require identification of appropriate geographies (i.e., census tracts and changes over time), assembly of data, creation of measures/indicators, and descriptive analyses. Data assembly will begin after study projects have been chosen and recruited, likely late Spring 2015.
Intern Roles & Responsibilities:
• Assemble secondary data from Policy Map and/or other publicly available data websites
• Clean data and maintain study database
• Develop neighborhood indicators and analyze trends in study neighborhoods and municipalities
• Potentially work with public agencies and/or property managers for assembly of administrative data
Relevant Knowledge, Skills, Attributes:
• Familiarity with area-level data and sources – such as the Census, American Community Survey, FFIEC HMDA Data, Community Reinvestment Act data on small business lending
• Interest in community revitalization and well-being; knowledge of housing economics and community change research, a plus
• Strong EXCEL skills are a must, familiarity with statistical analysis software a plus (e.g. SPSS, Stata)
• Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
We anticipate 12 hours per week for roughly 10 weeks between June and August 2015. The intern will be provided a $2,000 stipend to support their contribution to the study. The intern will be free to work from their home/campus with occasional in-person and phone meetings with the study team.
CHAPA looks forward to exploring these opportunities with interested students and faculty. Please contact Ann Verrilli, Director of Research (, 617.742.0820) to further discuss.