Ash Philliber, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Ash Philliber has worked with the company since 1995. Ash started full-time as a data analyst in October 2009 becoming an Evaluation Coordinator in 2011 and a Senior Research Associate in 2017. Ash has a PhD in Human Services with a specialty in public service leadership and a Master’s in Human Services with a specialty in nonprofit management. They have been awarded the Douglas Kirby Award for Excellence in Research for their impact on inclusive research and evaluation. Ash has worked on a wide variety of programs, including those in unplanned and teen pregnancy prevention, journalism, academic achievement, and community engagement.  Their projects often require a variety of services, including data cleaning and analysis, data collection, portfolio management, and report writing. Their specialties include randomized control trials, long-term follow up studies, database creation, and inclusive evaluation design. Ash often leads workshops and presentations across the country in a wide variety of topics.

KEY OR RECENT PROJECTS

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is implementing and evaluating IN•clued: Inclusive Healthcare—Youth and Providers Empowered, an innovative approach designed specifically for LGBTQ youth to reduce pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. This project is a randomized control trial reaching approximately 1,800 youth and 300 healthcare professionals in 12 communities over five years. IN•clued is delivered by trained peer educators and includes two components: (1) a three-hour workshop for health care staff and providers that addresses best practices for working with LGBTQ youth, as well as hands-on practice in mock teen-patient interviews; and 2) a 3-hour interactive workshop for LGBTQ youth that includes education related to sexual risk prevention and healthy relationships, and information about how to access sexual health services.

The Northwest Coalition for Adolescent Health was awarded $20 million by the Office of Adolescent Health to replicate the Teen Outreach Program, an evidence-based youth development program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy. Services were delivered by a coalition of six Planned Parenthood affiliates in Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska at over 80 sites. This project was evaluated using a random assignment design wherein over 8,000 students were assigned to receive TOP or a benign alternative program called Community Voices.

The Northwest Coalition for Adolescent Health (1B) is bringing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs to scale in seven high-need communities. The NWCAH Implementing Teen Pregnancy Programs to Scale, will reach approximately 2,275 youth annually, for a total of 9,100 over the five-year project period. In each community, NWCAH will implement evidence-based TPP programs in schools, after- school and at community-based sites, and in clinics. Key stakeholders, community partners, and youth have selected a wide range of evidence-based TPP programs to implement within each community.

The Women’s Clinic of Kansas City replicated the Teen Outreach Program, an evidence-based youth development program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy through an award from the Office of Adolescent Health. Services were delivered in Kansas City, Missouri at eight middle and high schools. This project was evaluated using a random assignment design at the teacher level in which students either received TOP or “business as usual”.

Springfield Collaboration for Change was a five-year program in Springfield, Massachusetts, to change the climate for teaching and learning in the public schools in order to improve student achievement. Philliber evaluated the ability of the Collaboration to produce change that results in better student outcomes.

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