The Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources
The University of Texas at Austin
Social Science Research Associate V, May 2013 to Present

Outcomes and impact study for Nuru International’s integrated development model: funded by Nuru International. Co-principal investigator. Conducting quantitative data analysis of program outcomes and program impact’s for Nuru International’s integrated development programming in Ethiopia and Kenya. Conducting impact evaluations using difference-in-difference and propensity score matching techniques.

Evaluation of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW): a TAACCCT grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Co-principal investigator. Conducting an impact evaluation using propensity score matching and difference-in-differences estimation. Linking administrative datasets. Preparing reports for the grantee and DOL. Collaborating with implementation evaluation partners at the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce.

Evaluation of Austin Community College’s (ACC) Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant: funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). Conducting an impact evaluation using propensity score matching.  Linking administrative datasets.  Using data to assess program fidelity and provide formative feedback for continuous improvement. Preparing reports for the grantee and DOE.

Administrative Data Research and Evaluation (ADARE) Alliance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Study: research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS). Co-principal investigator. Linking administrative data. Conducting analyses of the interaction of SNAP caseload and recipient household composition dynamics aligned with receipt of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and participation in UI covered employment. Preparing reports for ERS.

Development of M&E guidance for Nuru Nigeria programming:funded by Nuru International. Co-principal-investigator. Conducted a literature review and prepared a guidance document for Nuru International’s Monitoring & Evaluation team.

Evaluation of Growing Regional Opportunity for the Workforce: Expanding the Border for Lower Skilled Adults (GROW): a WIF grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Led and conducted an impact evaluation using propensity score matching.  Linked administrative datasets. Used data to assess program fidelity and provide formative feedback for continuous improvement. Prepared reports for the grantee and DOL.

Evaluation of the Gulf Coast IT Pathways Consortium (GCIT): a TAACCCT grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Led the impact evaluation. Used propensity score matching. Linked administrative datasets. Prepared reports for the grantee and DOL. Collaborated with implementation evaluation partners at the Aspen Institute.

Evaluation of the Texas Integrated Child Support System (ICSS): funded by the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). Conducted an impact evaluation using random assignment and quasi-experimental design. Linked administrative datasets. Preparing reports for OAG and OCSE.

Evaluation of the 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 (OCSE). Linked administrative datasets. Prepared reports for the OCSE.

Ancillary research support: preparing literature reviews, research protocols, grant applications, proposals, IRB applications, reports and presentations to clients on a variety of program evaluations. Authoring academic articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at national conferences.

Public Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M University
Research Associate, Dec 2010 to May 2013
Research Assistant, Jan 2007 to Nov 2010

Evaluation of Comprehensive Assessment Forms (CAF): development and evaluation of assessments to provide Medicaid personal care services to children with disabilities in Texas, funded by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Resulted in the development and use of new improved assessment instruments, leading to a more equitable and effective provision of services to children in need. Maintained multi-year database of assessment data. Conducted advanced statistical analysis, including reliability and regression analysis, decision tree modeling, and structural equation modeling. Prepared reports for the HHSC. Authored academic papers for peer-reviewed journals and presentations for academic conferences.

Evaluation of Developmental Education Demonstration Projects (DEDP): funded by the Texas Higher Education Board (THECB). Identified success elements so that similar successful programs could be appropriately replicated at institutions across Texas. Helped understand how the DEDPs have been implemented and what challenges were experienced during implementation, as well as determined whether the nine demonstration projects were able to efficiently make a difference for their target population of under-prepared students. Conducted interviews & focus groups with instructors, counselors, administrators, and students at community colleges & universities. Collected& analyzed outcome data, including student success measures. Prepared reports and presentations for THECB.

Evaluation of Healthy Texas Babies (HTB): funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Determined the effectiveness of 12 initiatives that aimed to decrease infant mortality and pre-term birth. Identified success elements so that similar successful programs could be appropriately replicated in communities across Texas. Designed customized evaluation frameworks and logic models for each HTB program. Conducted interviews with program administrators & stakeholders. Collected and analyzed process and outcome evaluation data. Prepared reports and presentations for DSHS.

Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use: annual collection of self-reported tobacco, alcohol, and substance use data from students in schools across Texas, funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Results assist state and local policymakers, advocacy groups and school administrators in decisions about substance use policies. Provided programming & analytical support. Prepared reports for DSHS, advocacy groups & school administrators.

Texas Youth Tobacco Survey: statewide surveillance of youth tobacco use, funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Results assist state and local policymakers, advocacy groups and school administrators in their decisions about tobacco use policies. Provided programming & analytical support. Prepared reports for DSHS, advocacy groups & school administrators.

Comprehensive Review of P-16 College Readiness & Success Initiatives: commissioned by the Texas Higher Education Board (THECB). Conducted rigorous cross-program analysis of 32 programs funded by THECB. Used meta-evaluation & narrative synthesis to assess effectiveness of programs. Prepared white papers for THECB on specific thematic areas.

Evaluation of the Developmental Education Scaling and Sustaining Success Project: funded by the Texas Higher Education Board (THECB). Designed customized evaluation frameworks and logic models for each site.

Evaluation of Texas High Schools Project: commissioned by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Longitudinal evaluation, in partnership with SRI International, that led to a better understanding of how school districts used grant monies and the outcomes from such grants. Conducted interviews and focus groups with teachers, principals and administrators. Prepared site reports and provided Quality Assurance of all reports to SRI International.

Evaluation of the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant in Round Rock ISD: funded by the the U.S. Department of Education. Resulted in the implementation of a coordinated and comprehensive plan of activities, by the school and the community, that focused on promoting mentally healthy childhood development, preventing violence, and curtailing alcohol and substance use. Designed, programmed and administered online and paper evaluation surveys. Analyzed survey data and other quantitative data. Analyzed qualitative data from surveys, interviews and focus groups. Prepared reports and presentations for school administrators and advocacy groups. Prepared evaluation reports for the U. S. Department of Education.

Discipline and Juvenile Justice Involvement: longitudinal study to understand the link between school discipline involvement and juvenile justice involvement, funded by the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission. Resulted in recommendations to the Texas legislature. Informed state and local policy makers in their discussions of school discipline policies. Conducted literature reviews, obtained and prepared data for complex analyses.

Haskell Memorial Hospital Needs Assessment: community needs assessment conducted for Haskell Memorial Hospital. Identified community strengths and weaknesses for the hospital and its service area. Developed recommendations to address the community’s health needs. Conducted literature reviews, compiled and analyzed data, and prepared reports and presentations for Haskell Memorial Hospital.

Title V 5-Year Needs Assessment: statewide maternal and child health needs assessment conducted for the Texas Department of State Health Services. Identified and prioritized health needs of the state’s target populations. Resulted in state and local health agencies aligning their efforts to address maternal and child health needs. Recruited stakeholders and prepared materials for county-level community listening sessions and the statewide summit. Facilitated discussion groups at the statewide summit.

Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Texas Juvenile Justice system: study of minority over-representation in the juvenile justice system commissioned by the Texas Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division. Identified useful insights into the perspectives of community members and identified solutions that are likely to receive community support. Resulted in policy changes by the Texas Office of the Governor. Facilitated community listening sessions with stakeholders across Texas. Analyzed qualitative data, using SPSS Text Analysis. Prepared reports for the Texas Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division.

Ancillary research support: prepared literature reviews, research protocols, grant applications, proposals, IRB applications, reports and presentations to clients on a variety of program evaluations. Coauthored academic articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national conferences.

Environmental Epidemiology and Injury Surveillance Group
Texas Department of State Health Services
Project Intern, May 2006 to Aug 2006

Study of drowning injuries in Texas: study commissioned by the Environmental Epidemiology & Injury Surveillance Group. Resulted in better understanding of drowning injuries and development of policies and guidelines for the public. Conducted quantitative data analysis, including time series analysis. Conducted geographic information science (GIS) analysis, including geocoding and mapping. Prepared reports and presentations.

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Graduate Research Assistant, Sep 2005 to Jan 2007

Evaluation of the Sacred Vocation Program©: occupational health program funded by the St. Luke’s Episcopal Charities that helped health care employees find meaning in their work. Analyzed survey data, including psychometric analysis. Created and maintained extensive multi-year database. Assisted in the design and administration of program evaluation surveys. Conducted qualitative data analysis of interviews & focus groups, using Atlas Ti. Assisted with the writing of training manuals, progress reports and oral presentations for clients. Prepared materials for focus groups and trainings, including workbooks and presentation materials.

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