Developing Data Driven Assessment for Self Determined Employment - AB-029

Preferred Disciplines: Sociology, Human Ecology, Education, Psychology, Social Work, Humanities Computing – Masters 
Project length: 4-6 months 
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: Edmonton, AB
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: University of Alberta, University of Calgary. Language: English
Company: MatchWork


About Company:

MatchWork is an online-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) tool for human services agencies supporting individuals who face barriers to employment. It supports and guides individuals in translating their unique skills into marketable products and services. MatchWork enables non-profit organizations that are mandated and funded to support these individuals to more effectively assist in the creation of meaningful employment opportunities. Through technology solutions and direct support by the MatchWork team, organizations gain the skills to more fully understand the individuals they support and why they are experiencing barriers to employment.

Project Description:

This project will be to support the development of a detailed assessment of attributes, values, emotions, and behaviours and to align this assessment with appropriate employment options.


  • Support attribute assessment development (data gathering analysis)
  • Gather of employment and employee attribute data
  • Support the matching of attribute assessment and employment attribute data

Background and required skills

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • To better understand how persons facing marginalization understand their skils and attributes in the context of employment
  • To understand how these skills and attributes fit successful micro-enterprise development and traditional career paths


  • Qualitiative research methods
  • Basic Research - Literature review 

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Ability to do qualitiative and quantiative research
  • Preferable understanding of learning methods
  • Perferable understanding of marginalized populations 


For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

  1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects.
  2. Complete this webform. You will be asked to upload your CV. Remember to indicate the title of the project(s) you are interested in and obtain your professor’s approval to proceed!
  3. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform or directly to Eric Loo at, eloo(a)