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 Expert  729552

Expert in Scientific Research: Instrument Design, Survey Research and Analysis, Program Evaluation, Reports


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Colorado (CO)
USA
Education Work HistoryPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert is an expert in research methodology and statistical analysis. She designs and directs all phases of survey research -- sampling, user-friendly instrument design, interviewer training, data collection, data cleaning, statistical analysis, and interpretation and presentation of resarch results with graphics and useful recommendations -- for:

-- Program evaluations -- Needs assessments -- Clinical trials -- Community and public opinion research -- Progressional and medical associations -- to assess member satisfaction and to determine the market for new and potential products and services _ Customer and employee satisfaction surveys

Examples of survey research include: (1) Expert designed and conducted an early care and education needs assessment describing child care usage in Boulder County, Colorado. This project included designing a comprehensive survey, drawing a random sample to collect representatiive data, and designing and implementing targeted surveys to identify the unique needs of special populations. She analyzed the data, compared data by city, and projected the number of children in child care in Boulder County and the unmet need for child care in the county. (2) She directed a national survey of state legislators and legislative staffers to identify the type of information legislators need to make decisions about children's issues and to best way to present these data to a legislative audience. (3) She conducted a health care needs assessment to garther information about the physical and mental health needs of families with young children in Routt County, Colorado, and to identify gaps in service. (4) She designed, implemented and analyzed a survey of a random sample of likely voters for a large metropolitan-area school district to assess support for measures to mitigate overcrowding and for a bond election to fund improvements.

Expert assesses the outcomes of clinicial trials and medical procedures. Projects include: (1) She provided a comprehensive picture of the state of operations and service needs in Colorado and Washington for the Colorado (CASCA) and Washington (WASCA) Ambulatory Surgery Association's Quality Research Initiatives. (2) She evaluated the results of a clinical trial testing a new treatment modality. (3) She designed a patient questionnaire to assess the clarity and accuracy of directions for use for the over-the-counter conversion of a medical diagnostic product. (4) She designed, implemented and analyzed member surveys for numerous professional service firms and professional and medical associations.

Expert also has used her methodological and statistical analysis skills as an expert witness. She was retained by the defendant's lawyer in an environmental class action lawsuit. She reviewed the methodology used by the plaintiffs in designing, executing and interpreting a survey and determined if the conclusions reached by the plaintiff's expert were supported by the data.

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instrument design

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survey research

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statistical survey

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statistical survey analysis

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research design

Expert has directed numerous program evaluations to inform policy and improve program design. She:

-- Designs program evaluation strategies _ Develops and implements systems for tracking program processes, outputs and outcomes _ Collects extensive quantitative and qualitative data _ Creates indicators and complex variables to accurately measure program outputs and outcomes _ Statistically analyzes program outcomes _ Assesses and explains program successes and failures

Expert has provided technical assistance and training in research design, sampling, data collection, development of systems for tracking program outputs and outcomes, statistical analysis and performance measurement. For example, she trained the Colorado State Auditors in planning and designing program assessments, research methodology, developing performance measures, data analysis and statistics.

Examples of program evaluations include: (1) Expert is the Principal Investigator for a multi-year evaluation of the Colorado Parent Information and Resource Center (CPIRC), which informs parents and increases parent involvement in all aspects of their children's education. She develops annual evaluation plans with process, output and outcome measurement, designs qualitative and quantitative research insturments, collects and analyzes data, and writes comprehensive program evaluation reports. (2) She was part of the team that determed program outcomes as part of a multi-year evaluation of a Colorado Department of Human Services welfare reform program. The evaluation used a rigorous experimental design. She develped a series of interview instruments, trained interviewers, and directed repeated data collection. She conducted detailed computer analyses of survey and administrative data, analyzed and synthesized results, and produced a report with recommendations. (3) She designed and directed an evaluation of Colorado's Old Age Pension program for the Colorado State Legislature. She developed a stratified sampling plan and a comprehensive survey instrument, trained and supervised interviewers (who conducted interviews in English, Spanish, Russian and several Asian languages), analyzed results and wrote reports with recommendations. (4) She helped a national medical association develop strategies for reducing member attrition by designing detailed interview guides and interviewing medical residents and practicing physicians. She made recommendations for improving the residency decision-making process; increasing the quality, availability and desirability of residency programs; and enhancing the image of the profession.

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evaluation


Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1980   PhD   Mathematical sociology with a specialization in research methodology, measurement and applied statistics   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  
1970   BA   Sociology   State University of New York at Stony Brook  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1984 to

 

(Undisclosed University)

 

Senior Research Analyst

 

Expert designs and directs research projects and program evaluations on housing and homelessness, early childhood and K-12 education, and programs and policies affecting children and families. Expert serves diverse clients including federal, state and local governments, non-profit and progressional organizations, and state and local government agencies.

1978 to

 

(Undisclosed Consulting Company)

 


 

Expert designs and directs research projects and program evauations. She conducts membership surveys for professional service frims and professional and medical associations, and assess the outcomes of clinical trials and medical procedures.

1982 to 1983

 

Wood Bros. Homes, Denver, CO

 

Manager of Market Research

 

Expert planned and executed all market research activity for a Denver-based $200 million+ home builder. She designed quantitative and qualitative research instruments and selected and supervised project staff. She directed statistical analyses, interpreted and presented research findings, and prepared written reports with information for management. In addition, Expert designed, implemented and evaluated predictive models to determine optimal products for different markets and the advisability of entering new markets.

1981 to 1982

 

National Demographics, Denver, CO

 

Research Analyst

 

Expert directed in-house research and development and custom client market research consulting for a rapidly growing direct mail advertising and market research firm. She provided in-house expertise in statistics, methodology and data analysis. She designed and analyzed consumer surveys for manufacturers of consumer goods and profiled demographic and lifestyle characteristics of respondents to direct mail advertising.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has written more than 25 technical reports and publications.


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2003 to   HUD   Work on IHBG formula   Expert is part of the team that manages the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program, which funds affordable housing for American Indians and Alaska Natives. She reviews and verifies the information used in computing the annual formula allocation for 585 Indian tribes. She provides technical assistance to Indian tribes, makes site visits to review specific issues, and helps tribes reconcile their unit counts. She created new, consistent, user-friendly guidelines for challenging Census data. This entailed developing a rigorous methodology for identifying and sampling tribal households and for collecting data that accurately enumerates low-income households and their household characteristics.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert provided a comprehensive picture of the state of operations and service needs in Colorado and Washington for the Colorado (CASCA) and Washington (WASCA) Ambulatory Surgery Association's Quality Research Initiatives. She designed surveys to be completed by Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) in each state. The surveys collected valid, reliable and comparable information about patient services, ASC day-to-day operations, quality outcomes and patient satisfaction across ASCs in each state. She wrote reports with clear, useful findings and graphics to inform the health care industry and the broader community about the effectiveness and safety of ASCs. With Assocation staff, she transformed these reports into publications.
  • Expert evaluated the results of a clinical trial testing a new treatment modality. She assessed the clinical trial design, identified the data analysis methodology, created variables, ran tests of statistical significance, analyzed clinical trial data and wrote a report describing research methods, measures and results.
  • Expert helped a national medical association develop strategies for reducing member attrition by designing detailed interview guides and interviewing medical residents and practicing physicians. She made recommendations for improving the residency decision-making process; increasing the quality, availability and desirability of residency programs; and enhancing the image of the profession.
  • Expert performed quality control for annual resident recertification and rent calculations for samples of files in all Detroit public housing projects for the Detroit Housing Commission. She audited and provided quality control for clinical trial data for several medical products and treatments. She also does quality control on Indian housing data as part of the management of the Indian Housing Block Grant for HUD.
  • Expert designed a patient questionnaire to assess the clarity and accuracy of directions for use for the over-the-counter conversion of a medical diagnositc product.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert was retained by the defendant's lawyer in an environmental class action suit. She reviewed the methodology used by the plaintiffs in designing, executing and interpreting a survey, and determined if the conclusions reached by the plaintiff's expert were supported by the data. She wrote a comprehensive report assessing the survey, and also gave testimony at a hearing.
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