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, health surveillance, 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. I am conducting impact evaluations for three federally-funded multi-year workforce development projects in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.
- Growing Regional Opportunity for the Workforce: Expanding the Border for Lower Skilled Adults (GROW), funded by a WIF grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Gulf Coast IT Pathways Consortium, funded by a TAACCCT grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, funded by a TAACCCT grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
I am also providing programming and analytical support for evaluations of human service programs such as
- Texas Integrated Child Support System, funded by the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Office of Child Support Enforcement.
- Urban Fathers Building Assets Initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement.
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, where I was involved in the implementation and internal evaluation of the Sacred Vocation Program, a workplace change program. I also interned with the Environmental Epidemiology & Injury Surveillance Group at the Texas Department of State Health Services where I led a study on the epidemiology of drowning injuries in Texas.
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.