Joanne Lee
Human Services

Joanne Lee

Researcher
Pronouns she/her/hers

Joanne Lee has a decade of experience designing and conducting evaluations of programs serving children, youth, and families. She has analyzed complex administrative and survey data on studies for federal and local agencies.

Lee works on a range of projects in areas such as child welfare and family support. She currently directs an evaluation for Arizona of an in-home parenting education program that aims to prevent out-of-home placement. She also supports the University of Missouri in analyzing administrative data to improve practices related to pharmacological drug use for youth in foster care. She recently led a task to strengthen the child welfare research and evaluation capacity of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services, by providing staff with study support and organizing full-day trainings on analytic methods.

Lee joined Mathematica in 2011, bringing a passion for engaging in public policy research to improve programs and services. In 2018, she joined the Program and Evaluation Unit for child welfare services at the Department of Public Social Services in Riverside County, California, and led a range of research and evaluation projects for county programs and initiatives. She rejoined Mathematica in 2020 after relocating to Los Angeles. Lee holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics and an M.A. in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Expertise
  • Quantitative research with administrative and survey data
  • Impact evaluations with randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental methods
  • Child welfare programs and policies
Focus Area Topics
  • Human Services
  • Family Support
  • Child Welfare

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