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Research Analyst, Program Planning and Evaluation, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Classification: Permanent
FTE: 1.0
Service: Corporate Service
Program: Program Planning and Evaluation
Location: Barrie
Effective: Immediately
Salary: $24.20-28.45/hr Band 6

Position Summary

  • To design, collect and retrieve health and health-related data,
    analyze information, and develop and maintain databases for the
    purposes of planning effective, evidence-based public health programs
    and the communication and presentation of information and data to
    internal and external clients.
  • To conduct literature reviews on topics of relevance, critical
    appraisal of literature, synthesis of information and report


  • Select appropriate sources of data and methods/procedures for
    retrieving, analyzing, interpreting and reporting health and
    health-related data based on needs or client or project.
  • Plan organize and co-ordinate data collection efforts to support program planning
  • Advise health unit staff on epidemiology, biostatistics &
    research design including:  analyzing and interpreting statistical
    information, evaluation of the effectiveness, acceptability,
    availability & cost efficiency of the health unit programs and
  • Provide leadership in database management
  • Conducts literature reviews on topics of relevance
  • Contribute to team and agency effectiveness

Skills and Competencies

  • Advanced skills in statistical software packages e.g., SPSS,
    EPI-INFO, graphical presentation software, reporting software and
    specialized programs such as BI Query and/or BI Analyze
  • Advanced knowledge of database sources and emerging survey tools
  • Advanced assessment, analysis and problem solving skills
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel and Access
  • Intermediate skills and demonstrated experience with Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care database applications
  • Intermediate knowledge of research methodology, statistical
    analysis, qualitative and quantitative analysis, survey design, tool
    development and data base design
  • Intermediate organizational, time management skills
  • Intermediate ability to retrieve, interpret & summarize relevant & current literature i.e. literature reviews
  • Intermediate written communication skills, including technical documents and correspondence
  • Intermediate oral communications skills including presentation skills and one-to-one instruction and training
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Intermediate interpersonal communications skills including the ability to facilitate project planning with a team
  • Intermediate project management skills including project proposal
    development, work planning, training and coordination (assignment of
  • Basic conflict resolution skills
  • Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle or the ability to
    travel in a timely and efficient manner to locations within and outside
    the health unit district


  • B.A./B.Sc leading to knowledge and skill in relation to database
    design, data collection methods and statistical analysis and applied
    Post-Graduate Diploma/Degree; or B.Sc. in statistics or a related field.
  • Minimum of three years applied experience

Forward resume to Human Resources Generalist ( referencing posting number.
Deadline:  12:00 p.m. November 3, 2006