Data Collector Positions RTI International

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RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development.

Combining scientific rigor and technical proficiency, we deliver reliable data, thorough analysis, innovative methods, novel technologies, and sustainable programs that help clients inform public policy and ground practice in evidence. We scale our approach to fit the demands of each project, delivering the power of a global leader and the passion of a local partner.

Types of Field Data Collection Positions

Field Interviewers (FIs), sometimes called Field Representatives or Data Collectors, conduct in-person interviews with study participants, following strict project protocols. FIs are responsible for meeting production, data quality, and cost-efficiency goals. To learn more about the FI position, please see FI Position FAQs

Be sure to watch “A Day in the Life of a Field Representative” to learn more about conducting field data collection with RTI.

Field Supervisors are full-time employees that manage the data collection efforts of 10-18 field interviewers. Supervisors have frequent contact with interviewers and are responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the field interviewers' work, ensuring high-quality data, cost-efficiency and steady completion of assigned cases. RTI provides Field Supervisors with a competitive benefits package.

Field Mapping Listers, commonly referred to as “Listers,” conduct counting and listing operations according to project protocols. The counting and listing process is a critical step in scientific sampling for household surveys. Listers use physical and electronic maps to create lists and plot locations of dwelling units within a geographic area.

Types of Field Studies

Household surveys collect data from a sample of households on a wide range of subjects, including social and economic status, demographic characteristics, education and employment, and cultural and behavioral factors and influences. Surveys are conducted by an interviewer in person using paper and pencil forms of computer-based questionnaires. Utilizing scientific sampling techniques, selected households and participants in these surveys are representative of the entire population being studied. Household surveys provide a critical source of information and statistics used by researchers, policymakers and local, state, and federal agencies to investigate and understand areas of interest or concern within specific regions or the general population.

Education surveys collect data on education-related or relevant topics affecting schools, students, and school staff. Data collection typically occurs in schools and may involve conducting group administrations of surveys and assessments of students using computer equipment. Administrative data, such as student rosters or transcripts, may be collected from school districts and schools, as well as surveys of students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. Education studies may have a household survey component to reach students and families outside of school.

Corrections surveys collect data from and about incarcerated populations. Data collection is conducted by field interviewers using paper and pencil or computer-based questionnaires. Data collection for these studies takes place in jails and prisons. The interview setting is often face-to-face with inmates in a private room with corrections officers being out of the room but within eyesight. There is normally no physical barrier between the inmate and the interviewer. Interviewers on corrections surveys may travel within a multi-state geographic area and work day-to-day as part of a team.