Youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) face substantial barriers to economic independence in transitioning to adult life. The barriers are related to their health status, social isolation, service needs, and potential loss of disability benefits.
- Evaluation design
- Impact analysis
- Causal inference
- Survey and administrative data analysis
- Survey instrument design
- Evaluation technical assistance
- Human Services
- Family Support
Ankita Patnaik studies employment and family support programs and policies, particularly those geared toward families with low incomes and people with disabilities. She is particularly interested in large-scale experimental or quasi-experimental evaluations that can provide reliable evidence on the effectiveness of such programs in improving participants’ lives.
Patnaik currently leads impact studies on several large multi-site evaluations. As the evaluation lead on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income Evaluation (PROMISE), she oversees the impact and benefit-cost evaluations of six PROMISE programs designed to improve educational and employment outcomes for young recipients of Supplemental Security Income and their families. Patnaik is also the impact study lead of the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network Evaluation and the deputy project director of the Research Support Services for Employment of Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum. She has played key roles in family support research projects such as the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services Evaluation, the Parents and Children Together evaluation, and the Fatherhood, Relationships, and Marriage—Illuminating the Next Generation of Research project.
Her work has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics and Evaluation Review and cited in press publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She has presented her research at various forums and conferences, including a congressional briefing in 2016. Patnaik holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.