Dan Finkelstein

Daniel Finkelstein

Principal Researcher

Daniel Finkelstein has more than 25 years of experience evaluating public health and education programs. He has expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and has worked with nonprofit and government organizations to evaluate interventions in schools and clinical and community settings.

Finkelstein has played key roles on several public health projects funded by foundations and state and federal agencies. For the state of Delaware, he directed a project that provides technical assistance and monitoring to a statewide initiative with programming to prevent chronic disease. He plays a lead role on technical assistance projects supporting the evaluation needs of teen pregnancy prevention grantees funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In past projects, he led a cross-cutting evaluation for a grant program at Boston Children’s Hospital that funded community-based programs to supports children’s health and well-being in Boston; he directed a rapid-cycle evaluation of the Colorado Health Foundation’s grant program to improve youth social-emotional learning and resilience; and he led a study of barriers for the Colorado Health Foundation to children’s physical activity in low-income communities.

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

  • Public health evaluations
  • Child and adolescent health
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
Focus Area Topics
  • Health
  • Population Health

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