Laura Peck

Laura Peck

Abt Associates

Laura R. Peck (PhD, Public Administration, New York University) is a principal scientist at Abt Associates and has more than 25 years of experience evaluating social welfare 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. Formerly a tenured professor at the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs and at Abt Associates since 2011, Dr. Peck engages in the design and analysis of experiments across an array of subject areas, including housing, education, income security and employment. Dr. Peck is well-published on program evaluation topics in respected journals such as Evaluation Review, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Policy Studies Journal; and she currently serves as section editor for the American Journal of Evaluation’s Experimental Methodology Section. Her recently released book—Experimental Evaluation Design for Program Improvement (SAGE, 2020)—has been heralded as a must-read by policymakers and practitioners alike. Dr. Peck has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and is an active leader in multiple professional associations, including the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the American Evaluation Association, and the Society for Research on Education Effectiveness. Dr. Peck chaired the panel presentations on “Design of Demonstrations” and “Use of Demonstrations” at Lessons Learned from SSA Demonstrations: A State of the Science Meeting.

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