Seeking Contractor: Question Analyst

Go Boston 2030: Imagining our Transportation Future

Question Campaign Question Analyst

Project Contract through May 2015


The Question Analyst is responsible for leading a process that ensures the integrity of the data gathered from the public for the Go Boston 2030 Question Campaign. Go Boston 2030 is a City of Boston initiative to envision a bold transportation future for Boston in the next 5, 10, and 15 years. The plan will develop a far-reaching vision that is informed by an unprecedented and inclusive public engagement process utilizing the methodology of a Question Campaign. The process led by the Question Analyst will involve prioritizing key questions, identifying and synthesizing themes, making meaning of disparate data sets, and editing drafts of aspirational summaries to inform a vision for Boston’s transportation future. Some of the work will be done independently; some will be done collectively with members of a Question Review Panel.


The Question Analyst’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Data/Qualitative Analysis

  • Improve question synthesis workflow to ensure timeliness of deliverables
  • Create tagging taxonomy for data
  • Identify and interpret patterns and trends, assess data quality and eliminate irrelevant data
  • Derive clear stories from data
  • Be the point person on all question related data and analysis
  • Produce data sets, synthesized information for the Question Review panel to work with, make meaning of, and prioritize
  • Be able to work under pressure, with tight timelines alone and as part of a team
  • Be able to onboard interns and guide their work


  • Have strong data management and organizational skills
  • Experience with quantitative as well as qualitative data analysis and assessment, including meaning attraction
  • Have some content knowledge of transportation to help review panel
  • Have excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Be able to establish legitimacy with general public and government structure
  • Able to work under pressure alone and in a team environment
  • Have excellent interpersonal, communication and analytical skills
  • Responsible, reliable and punctual
  • Be mindful of own biases and able to externalize own mental thinking to others
  • Be values aligned with “Big Democracy”
  • Inspire trust

Start date: ASAP

End date: May, 2015

$60K/year salary pro-rated

Please note this position is not eligible for benefits.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Andrea Nagel Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

About IISC:

The Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) works with organizations, communities, networks, and others to build their capacity for more effective, equitable, and inclusive social change.   IISC is seeking a Question Editor to assist with its work on the Boston Mobility Action Plan project.

The City of Boston is embarking on an ambitious planning process that will envision a bold transportation future for Boston for the next five, ten, and twenty-five years extending to 2040. The Mobility Action Plan will shape this far-reaching vision by proposing transformative polices and projects to inform new programs and investment decisions. Prepared over a two-year process, it will be driven-by-data, and steered through an unprecedented and inclusive public engagement process. The initiative will link transportation to:

Equity – Addressing equitable access to education, health care, affordable housing, healthy food, culture, and open space

Economy – Fostering connections to jobs; supporting development and neighborhood revitalization; and enhancing growth of new-economy industry such as healthcare and technology start-ups

Environment/Climate Change – Reducing VMTs and greenhouse gas emissions; increasing mode share for non-auto travel; and preparing for weather related extreme events.

IISC will be designing and implementing the community engagement portion of this project. We will apply the media tools, social processes, and communication methods of a Question Campaign to this planning process.

What is a Question Campaign?

The goal of a Question Campaign is to get everybody in a neighborhood, city, or region to donate questions. People donate questions about the issues, concerns, and ideas that matter the most to their lives. A Question Campaign begins with honoring the intelligence of the community. All questions are valued. They are collected everywhere people are: on the street, on the web, at barbershops, in train stations, in schools, and more.

The questions then get mirrored back to the community using powerful images and multimedia. The community’s agenda emerges through these questions and the conversations they incite. This is a powerful starting point for social change of the sort that the City of Boston is looking to inspire through its Mobility Action Planning process.

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