Hello, my name is Ashweeta Patnaik. I am a social science researcher with nearly a decade of experience conducting program evaluations, needs assessments, epidemiological research, and survey research. I specialize in quantitative research methods, statistical programming and administrative data linkage.  I have a Masters degree in Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center, and I am a certified SAS Base Programmer.

Currently, I am a social science research associate at the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the Ray Marshall Center, I was a research associate at the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University. As a graduate student at The University of Texas Health Science Center, I worked at the Southwest Center for Occupational Health and did a summer internship with the Environmental Epidemiology & Injury Surveillance Group at the Texas Department of State Health Services.

I am currently leading the impact evaluations for two federally-funded multi-year higher education initiatives: the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, funded by a TAACCCT grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, and serving the states of Arkansas and Tennessee; and Austin Community College’s Strengthening Institutions Program grant, funded by a SIP grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, and serving the central Texas area. I am also conducting research related to human service programs, including the Administrative Data Research and Evaluation (ADARE) Alliance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Study, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS); and the Outcomes and impacts study for Nuru International’s integrated development model, funded by Nuru International.

I have substantive expertise and training in quantitative research methodologies, including hypothesis testing, advanced regression analysis, propensity score matching, difference-in-differences estimation, structural equation modeling and decision tree analysis. I have designed and conducted multi-modal surveys in a variety of settings, including schools, colleges and universities. I have compiled and analyzed large demographic and sociological datasets, including data from the U.S. Census and data from state agencies (Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Department of Education, Texas Higher Education Board, Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Office of the Attorney General). I am adept at mastering and applying new software and analytical methods.

I also have experience with qualitative research methods, including facilitating and conducting focus groups, community listening sessions, and key informant interviews. I have conducted text analysis of qualitative data using SPSS Text Miner and Atlas.TI. In addition to preparing presentations, white papers, research briefs and evaluation reports for state and federal agencies, I have also authored articles for academic journals and presented at national conferences.

If you are interested in collaborating on any research or offering me a professional opportunity, please contact me.

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