Dan Finkelstein

Daniel Finkelstein

Senior Researcher
  • Public health evaluations
  • Child and adolescent health
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Population Health
About Daniel

Daniel Finkelstein has more than 20 years of experience evaluating public health and education programs. He has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and has worked with nonprofit and government organizations to design and implement program evaluations in schools and clinical and community settings.

He has played key roles on several public health projects funded by foundations and federal agencies. For Boston Children’s Hospital, he leads a cross-cutting evaluation of its Collaboration for Community Health grant program to improve child health and well-being in the city of Boston. For the Colorado Health Foundation, he directs a rapid-cycle evaluation of a grant program to improve youth social emotional learning and resilience. In past projects, Finkelstein led a study for the Colorado Health Foundation of barriers to children’s physical activity in low-income communities, and for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation he conducted an analysis of food environments and policies in U.S. public schools. For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he led the cross-site evaluation of the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances program’s efforts to support communities in adopting strategies to prevent intimate partner violence.

Finkelstein publishes in peer-reviewed journals such as Preventing Chronic Disease, Pediatrics, and Journal of Adolescent Health and presents at professional meetings of the American Evaluation Association, the American Public Health Association, and other groups. He holds a Ph.D. in social policy from Brandeis University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.