Ashweeta Patnaik is a Research Associate at the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources (RMC). Ms. Patnaik serves as a principal investigator, conducts quantitative research, leads outcome and impact evaluations, and manages research projects in the education, workforce development, public health, and international development policy sectors. Her recent work includes the Evaluation of Austin Community College’s Rainy Day Savings Program funded by the Trellis Foundation, the Evaluation of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office’s Financial Literacy Pilot Initiative funded by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), the Evaluation of Austin Community College’s Strengthening Institutions Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Evaluation of Project QUEST funded by Economic Mobility Corporation Inc., the Community Workforce Plan Evaluation funded by Workforce Solutions Capital Area, and the Monitoring and evaluation of Nuru International’s programs in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria funded by Nuru International.
Ms. Patnaik has extensive experience in business development, project management, monitoring and evaluation technical assistance, developing research and evaluation designs, quantitative research methods, quantitative data collection, qualitative data collection, data management, and data visualization. Ms. Patnaik’s expertise is the quantitative analysis of survey data and state and local administrative data, including Unemployment Insurance (UI) data, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) data, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) data, community college institutional research data, and school district institutional research data.
Prior to joining the Center in May 2013, Ms. Patnaik worked at the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University. Ms. Patnaik has fifteen years of experience conducting program evaluations and policy research. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center and she is a certified SAS Base Programmer.