Professor Anand Desai is currently at the National Science Foundation as the head of the Evaluation and Assessment Capability Section in the Office of Integrative Activities.

His research interests include measurement of performance and evaluation of the provision of public services. He has worked on methods for measuring effectiveness and efficiency in the public sector and the use of statistical, operations research, and simulation models for public policy analysis. He has taught courses on environmental policy, evaluation, information systems, logic of inquiry, methods for policy analysis, policy modeling, and wicked problems.

Professor Desai holds a courtesy appointment in the Management Science Department of the Fisher College of Business and is a member of the faculty of the Environmental Science Graduate Program.

He has served as a member of the Executive Council and the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and as a member of the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

He did his doctoral work in public policy analysis at the University of Pennsylvania after completing studies at universities in India and the UK.

Areas of research

  • Measurement of effectiveness and efficiency
  • Graphical display of multivariate relationships
  • Modeling in support of public policy analysis
J Bystydzienski, N Thomas, S Howe, and A Desai 2016. The leadership role of college deans and department chairs in academic culture change, Studies in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2016.1152464.

R Heildelberg and A Desai 2015. Simulation Rules, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Volume 37(1), 1-17.

A Desai and Y Kim 2015. Policy Informatics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 34, No. 2, 354–357.

N Ghaffarzadegan, J Hawley and A Desai 2014. Research Workforce Diversity: The Case of Balancing National vs. International Postdocs in U.S. Biomedical Research, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 31(2): 301–315.

A Desai 2008. Quantitative Methods, Economics, and OR Models. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Vol. 27, no. 3: 640-669.

RT Greenbaum, A Desai 2005. Viewing Spatial Consequences of Budgetary Policy Changes. Public Budgeting & Finance. Vol. 25. (June): 43-60.

P Lufkin, A Desai, J Janke 2005. Estimating the Restoration and Modernization Costs of Infrastructure and Facilities. Public Works Management and Policy. Vol. 10, no. 1: 40-52.

A Desai 2005. Adaptive Complex Enterprise. Communications of the Association of Computing Machinery. Vol. 48, no. 5: 32-35.

A Desai, SJ Ratick, AP Schinnar 2004. Data Envelopment Analysis with Stochastic Variations in Data. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences. Vol. 39, no. 2: 147-164.
Professors Josh Hawley and Anand Desai along with Navid Ghaffarzadegan of Virginia Tech have a paper published in Systems Research and Behavioral Science. The U.S. government has been increasingly supporting postdoctoral training in biomedical sciences to develop the domestic research workforce. However, current trends suggest that mostly international researchers benefit from the funding, many of who might leave the United States after training. In “Research Workforce Diversity: The Case of Balancing National versus International Postdocs in US Biomedical Research,” Hawley, Desai and Ghaffarzadegan describe a model used to analyze the flow of national versus international researchers into and out of postdoctoral training. » Click here to read the paper

A study on the expansion of the Medicaid program by Professor Anand Desai and William Hayes, director of Healthcare Reform for the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was presented to the Ohio Senate’s Medicaid subcommittee. According to the study, Ohio could expand its Medicaid program to cover more poor Ohioans and save money over the long haul. »Click here to read the Columbus Dispatch story
» Click here to learn more about the study


A new study by Professor Anand Desai and William Hayes, director of Healthcare Reform for the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, has found that the argument that Medicaid is such a broken system that it is better to be uninsured than to be on Medicaid is not supported by the evidence. When properly comparing people on Medicaid to people with other sources of health coverage, the general and inevitable conclusion is that having Medicaid coverage is better than being uninsured, including: better access to care, lower rates of unmet health needs; reduced financial burden, less stress; improved mental health status and even reduced rates of death. »Click here to learn more
» Columbus Business First | "Is Medicaid truly better for patients than being uninsured?"
» Akron Beacon Journal | Editorial "Medicaid works"


The Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study’s preliminary results were released Tuesday (Jan. 15, 2013) where Ohio State researchers including Professor Anand Desai collaborated with researchers from The Urban Institute, Regional Economic Models Inc, and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio conducting the analysis. In the next stage of the project, he will work with Dr. Robert Greenbaum to examine some of the economic affects Medicaid expansion will have on the region and county level.

Simulation for Policy Inquiry

Simulation for Policy Inquiry illustrates the development and use of simulation models designed to capture some of the complexity inherent in the formulation, management, and implementation of policies. Edited by Anand Desai with contributions from many Glenn School students and faculty. »Click here to learn more


Wicked Environmental Problems

Wicked Environmental Problems offers a new approach for managing environmental conflicts within common real-world decision-making frameworks.Authors:
Peter Balint, Roland Stewart, Anand Desai and Lawrence Walters
»Click here to learn more




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