Sally Brown, MSW, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Sally Brown has been a Senior Research Associate with Philliber since 1995. She has both an MSW and PhD from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. Sally has more than twenty years of experience as a program evaluator both in University and private sector settings. In addition, she is also a member the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, a member of the School Based Health Alliance (formerly the National Association of School Based Health Centers), the Commissioner and Treasurer of First 5 Yolo, which administers grant funding targeted to children aged birth to 5 and their families to ensure that all Yolo County children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn, and the Chair of the Juvenile Review Board in Yolo County, CA, which is a community diversion program for first time and low risk offenders.

Sally’s ability as an evaluator is enhanced by her ten years of direct service experience as a counselor, case manager, and advocate for runaways, juvenile delinquents, youth in the child welfare system, and pregnant and parenting teens. She works across a wide range of projects including those in legal services and crime prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, early childhood education and school readiness, youth development, educational policy, school health policy, evaluation capacity building, health, mental health, child welfare and family support, homeless services, and journalism and media projects. For each evaluation project, Sally prepares an evaluation manual that provides detailed instructions for each data gathering instrument. In addition, Sally has developed “tool kits” and other “how to” manuals for building evaluation capacity. Sally has a keen interest in making evaluation data useful and accessible to staff and program administrators for the purposes of improving practice.  

KEY OR RECENT PROJECTS

Equal Justice Works. Designing and implementing a process and impact evaluation, including designing a quasi-experimental study, of the national Veterans Legal Corps program funded by AmeriCorps that utilizes law students to provide legal services to help low-income and homeless veterans to overcome barriers to employment, housing, benefits, and other critical needs.   

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands.  Conducting a random assignment evaluation of the effectiveness of the newly developed Linking Families and Teens (LiFT) curriculum at 60 program sites in six northwestern states.  Funding for this project and evaluation is from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. Conducting a random assignment evaluation of the effectiveness of the Teen Council peer education program.  The program includes 14 Teen Councils in six states nationally. Also, conducting a longitudinal evaluation involving 30 active Teen Councils.

Organized Crime and Corruption Project, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Evaluating OCCRP’s effort to bolster and grow their network of investigative journalists to promote greater government accountability and transparency in Russia and other countries in the region including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. This project is funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

International Center for Journalism.  Evaluating the effectiveness of the Organized Crime and Corruption Project Regional Investigative Journalism Network Program, which intends to build citizen demand to reduce corruption, fraud, and other criminal activities through increased exposure to professionally produced investigative journalism in Eastern Europe and Russia.  Funding for this program is through USAID.

Judicial Council of California. Designing and implementing a quasi-experimental study to determine the effectiveness of the AmeriCorps funded California JusticeCorps Program that is located in three regions in California (Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego). Also designing evaluation systems for the program sites to better track and report on required performance measures. 

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands.  Conducting an implementation evaluation of the Stronger Together Initiative which is a capacity building project aimed at improving the ability of youth service organizations to deliver evidence-based practices for the prevention of teenage pregnancy.  Funding for this project and evaluation is from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health.

Connecticut Department of Social Services.  Overseeing the evaluation of two model programs, Teen Outreach Program and Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, which are being implemented in thirteen communities across Connecticut. 

International Center for Journalism. Evaluating the Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America multi-phase program. Eight cohorts of Latin American professional fellows from Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua will come to the U.S. for a five-week program. Their U.S. counterparts will travel to a country for a two-week cultural exchange experience. This project is funded by the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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