Laura R. Peck , TIG Co-Chair, is a Principal Scientist at Abt Associates and has 20 years of experience evaluating social welfare and employment policies and programs, both in research and academic settings. A policy analyst by training, Dr. Peck specializes in innovative ways to estimate program impacts in experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations, and she applies this to many social safety net programs. Prior to joining Abt in 2011, Dr. Peck had been a tenured Associate Professor at the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs, where she taught public policy analysis, program evaluation, and research methods. At Abt Associates, Dr. Peck is the PI, Co-PI and Director of Analysis for several major national evaluations for the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development. Co-author of a public policy text-book, Dr. Peck is well-published on program evaluation topics. Dr. Peck served as Associate Editor (2009-2013) for the American Journal of Evaluation. She earned her Ph.D. from the Wagner Graduate School at New York University. / Laura_Peck@abtassoc.com
Keith Zvoch, TIG Co-Chair, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Oregon (UO). Dr. Zvoch has over 15 years experience designing and conducting evaluations of educational and social service interventions. At UO, Dr. Zvoch teaches advanced research design and multilevel, multivariate statistics courses. His research interests include the measurement and evaluation of treatment fidelity, the modeling of time series data, and causal inference in applied field settings. Dr. Zvoch is currently an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Evaluation. He has published extensively in education, evaluation, and child development journals. / email@example.com
Carl Westine, TIG Co-chair, is an Assistant Professor of Educational Research at University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he teaches graduate level program evaluation and research methods courses. His research is aimed at finding efficiencies in the planning of evaluations, particularly in the area of STEM education. He accomplishes this through the empirical estimation of design parameter values needed for power analyses as well as through research on evaluation theories, methods, and practice. His work has appeared in a variety of evaluation journals including American Journal of Evaluation. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, Carl taught at University of West Georgia and also spent several years working in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center corporate planning office. Carl is a graduate of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation Program at Western Michigan University.
Stephen H. Bell, Program Co-Chair, is a Senior Fellow and Vice President at Abt Associates whose three decades of research focus on measuring the effectiveness of social interventions for disadvantaged Americans. A specialist in econometric impact analysis, Dr. Bell has helped design and analyze many large-scale random assignment field evaluations. His current methodological research focuses on ways of making the findings from rigorous impact evaluations more generalizable to the nation and other inference populations, and on “stretching” experimental designs to answer more diverse policy questions and to do so more rapidly. Dr. Bell’s contributions to the impact evaluation field have been published in numerous peer-reviewed statistics and evaluation journals, a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) field guide on evaluation methods, and a book on quasi-experimental impact analysis techniques. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
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