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Adrienne DiTommaso

PhD Student

Cincinnati, Ohio

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.

Funded Appointments:

  • 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.

Selected Publications:

  • 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.

Professional Affiliations:

  • 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)
Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
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.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
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.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
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.