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Allison Meisch, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate

Allison Meisch is a developmental psychologist with nearly 20 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative methods, program evaluation, applied research, and technical assistance. She designs and conducts rigorous evaluations and applied research in home visiting programs, foster care systems, and early care and education settings. She also has expertise in disseminating evaluation processes and findings. 

At JBA, Meisch is the project director of the National Home Visiting Resource Center and Expanding the Evidence: Building Evaluation Capacity, which provides technical assistance and evaluation capacity building to grantees of Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Expanding the Evidence initiative. She also directs the Formative Evaluation of the FOCUS+ for Fathers Program, and a pilot study of a toolkit that helps two-generation programs develop data governance plans. Meisch is conducting an evaluability assessment for and providing technical assistance to Generation Hope, a two-generation program that supports teens in completing college

As a senior researcher on the Trauma-Informed Approaches: Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice to Build Resilience in Children and Families project, Meisch coordinated and led an expert convening of national experts on trauma-informed approaches. Other past work includes technical assistance provision for home visiting awardees, a rigorous outcome evaluation of an intervention designed to reduce length of stay in foster care, an evaluation of a facilities improvement program for early care and education and afterschool programs, and technical assistance provision to the U.S. Virgin Islands for a child care quality improvement rating system.

Meisch received a Ph.D. in human development from the University of Maryland.

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