Undergraduate Institution and Major: BA (Anthropology, Criminology), University of Miami, Miami, FL
Graduate Institution and Major: MPA (Policy Analysis, Economic Development), Indiana University-School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington, IN
Relevant Professional Experience: Senior Evidence and Data Use Specialist, Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, D.C. (2012-2018)
Research Interests: Adrienne DiTommaso’s research areas of interest are criminal justice policy and economic development. Within criminal justice, DiTommaso is interested in sentencing and re-entry policies. She is also interested in the application of quantitative methods within program evaluation and policy analysis, specifically quasi-experimental methods and techniques for dealing with small samples. Her prior work experience in the federal government, working directly with nonprofits, has led to a sustained interest in evidence, evaluation and evaluation capacity building in the nonprofit sector.
Teaching Assistant (Ohio State University): Multivariate Regression Analysis; Graduate Capstone Research
Teaching Assistant (Indiana University): Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution; Program Evaluation
Selected Conference Presentations:
DiTommaso, A. (2017). “How Grantmaking Organizations Can Use a Bundled Approach to Inform Effective Grantmaking and Support Grantees.” American Evaluation Association, Washington, D.C.
DiTommaso, A. (2016). “AmeriCorps Member Development: Theory Validation.” Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, Washington, D.C.
DiTommaso, A., Hyde, M., and Epstein, D. (2017). “Designing and Implementing an Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative in a Federal Context.” Evaluation Review. Accepted for Fall, 2018.
Spera, C., Ghertner, R., Nerino, A., & DiTommaso, A. (2015). “Out of work? Volunteers Have Higher Odds of Getting Back to Work.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 44(5), 886-907.
Member, Association for Research on Non-Profit and Voluntary Association (ARNOVA)
Member, American Evaluation Association (AEA)
Member, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.