Kristin Harlow

Hometown: Rochester, New York

Undergrad Institution and Major:
BA (psychology), Oberlin College

Graduate Institutions and Major:
MSW (social work), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
JD, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

Relevant Professional Experience:
Research Associate, Ohio Education Research Center

Research Interests:
My professional research includes using longitudinal education and workforce data to answer policy questions. For example, I used administrative data to evaluate the effectiveness of publicly-funded on-the-job training programs. In addition, I analyze school-district-level employment outcomes for graduates of certain public school districts. Finally, I create interactive visualizations of Ohio administrative data. An example of such a dashboard can be found here.

My dissertation research takes applied policy research a step further: how do policy makers make decisions, especially within the context of the organizations in which they operate? Given the complex and varied nature of decision-making, how is research, or how are data, incorporated into that decision-making process? By identifying the particular needs of an individual or organization making decisions in the public sphere, we as researchers and data scientists can better tailor the information we provide.

Research Affiliations:
Ohio Education Research Center

Conference Presentations:
“Workforce Outcomes of WIA On-the-Job Training in Ohio.” Paper presented at Ohio Education Research Center's Winter Conference: Informing Policy and Practice through Education and Labor Market Data, February 25, 2015, Columbus, OH

“Workforce Outcomes of WIA On-the-Job Training in Ohio.” Paper presented at APPAM, November 6-8, 2014, Albuquerque, NM

“Using Visualization to Turn Data into Knowledge: Outcomes of Higher Education in Ohio.” Presented at Ohio Education Research Center’s Fall 2014 Conference Using Data to Inform Policy, Practice, and Teacher Success, October 1, 2014, Columbus, OH

“How Government and Nonprofits Influence Social Service Markets.” Paper presented at ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) 42nd Annual Conference, November 21-23, 2013, Hartford, CT

Selected Publications:
“Evidence for Policy Inquiry,” with Anand Desai in Policy Informatics, eds. K.C. Desouza & E.W. Johnston

“The Legacy of Dwight Waldo in Contemporary Scholarship,” with Akheil Singla in Mastering Public Administration, eds. B.R. Fry & J.C.N. Raadschelders

“Applying the Reasonable Person Standard to Psychosis: How Tort Law Unfairly Burdens Adults with Mental Illness” (2007) in the Ohio State Law Journal, 68(6), p. 1733-1760

Professional Service Activities:
Peer Reviewer, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Panel chair, APPAM, November 6-8, 2014, Albuquerque, NM

Professional Affiliations:
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action

Research Advisors:
Anand Desai
Amanda Girth
Joshua Hawley

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