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- Evidence-based technical assistance
- Qualitative data collection and analysis
- Field data collection
- Employment and training programs
- Human Services
- Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
- Childhood Obesity
- Training and Re-employment
- Family Support
- TANF and Employment Issues
Jeanette Holdbrook specializes in qualitative data collection, field data collection, and program improvement support for public assistance and workforce development programs.
Holdbrook leads in-school data collection for the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study-II for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For this national study, which provides crucial information about the nutritional quality and cost of school meals, she will oversee data collection from student interviews, dietary recalls, and observations of the school food environment. For the recent Multi-City Evaluation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes, she led field data collection, including in-store observations and interviews with more than 4,000 store shoppers, as well as qualitative data collection and analysis of interviews with beverage retailers. Holdbrook has also contributed to evaluations of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Administration on Aging Nutrition Services Program.
Over the past five years, Holdbrook has evaluated several reentry and workforce development programs. More recently, she has provided evidence-based technical assistance to state and county Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) employment programs. She currently serves as the deputy project director for the redesign of Philadelphia’s employment and training program for TANF recipients, where she oversees the use of the Learn, Innovate, Improve framework to improve service delivery and build the capacity of the city’s employment program providers. Holdbrook also recently directed research for and the development of an options analysis for the state of Pennsylvania’s TANF employment program redesign.
Before joining Mathematica in 2015, Holdbrook spent six years at The Food Trust, a Philadelphia nonprofit, where she coordinated a nutrition education program for students and parents at Title I schools, funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program. She holds a master’s in public administration from Rutgers University.
Multi-City Evaluation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Taxes
This study evaluated the implementation and impact of these taxes in four cities, primarily in Philadelphia and Oakland, with additional analysis in San Francisco and Seattle.