Adolescent Wellbeing During a Pandemic

How are young people coping with remote learning during COVID-19? With Professors Laura Wray-Lake (UCLA) and Ben Oosterhoff (Montana State) and PhD student colleague Kwan Jin Yao, we investigated adolescents’ time use and family and peer relationships during COVID-19. Using latent profile analysis, we classified adolescents in the sample into three groups: Education-focused, High media users, and Work-focused. We found that the COVID-19 pandemic may be creating distinct trade-offs between family and friend support that map onto how adolescents are spending their time.

Reconsidering the Voting Age in Los Angeles and California

I worked with Dr. Laura Wray-Lake (Associate Professor, UCLA) and Dr. Benjamin Oosterhoff (Assistant Professor, Montana State) to study opinions on lowering the voting age to 16 years old in Los Angeles county. There are several policy initiatives across the U.S. to lower the voting age, but little research on public sentiment. We found that support for lowering the voting age was highest for school board elections and lowest for national elections. Support was higher among teenagers and young adults, and among liberal individuals. The most highly endorsed opposition for lowering the voting age was "16 year olds are too easily influenced by other people to think for themselves," and the most highly endorsed support was that "16 year olds should have a say in policies that directly affect them."

Ashoka Global Fellows Study

Along with my Impact Team colleagues at Ashoka, I led Ashoka's first study of all 3,500+ Fellows ever elected. With nearly 860 responses from 74 countries, this study is one of the largest and most diverse studies of systems changing social entrepreneurs. Please click here to read my article discussing the results of the study, and here to read an article I co-authored with Professor Michael Gordon from UM Ross School of Business on what the data shows about young changemaking.

Make a Difference | Bangalore, India

Make a Difference (MAD) is working to ensure equitable outcomes for children in shelters in India. I conducted an impact assessment of their program for 10-16 year-olds through semi-structured interviews with almost 50 children at 3 shelters in Bangalore. The impact assessment was intended to assess children's sense of psychological safety, ability to develop socio-emotional skills, and academic improvement based on their classes with MAD volunteers.

Ashoka | Bangalore, India

Ashoka is a leader in developing the field of social entrepreneurship globally. I led a summative evaluation to measure Ashoka's progress in creating an "everyone a changemaker" world for children and youth with the Ashoka Fellows, Changemaker Schools and Youth Venture programs. I designed evaluation methods and tools to measure shifts in social norms around youth changemaking with a variety of stakeholders — from Fellows to Principals, government officials and students.

Industree | Bangalore, India

Industree Foundation is developing sustainable livelihoods for women artisans in India. After extensive interviews with artisans at Industree's producer-owned companies, I developed the foundation's first-ever Evaluation Plan. I designed and field-tested quantitative and qualitative survey instruments, trained staff, wrote an Impact Report, and worked with a technology partner to integrate tools onto an online platform with real-time data analysis capabilities.

MasterCard | New York

With SIPA colleagues, I developed a new model for financial inclusion for MasterCard to track its progress on key social impact outcomes. Using the pillars of access and usage, we created Key Performance Indicators that could measure MasterCard's progress on financial inclusion outcomes including women's empowerment, household finances, health and education. 

Kinvolved | New York

Kinvolved is a mobile platform helping teachers track attendance and communicate with parents. I conducted focus groups with over 50 parents, teachers and students to measure Kinvolved's impact. I also analyzed back-end user data and conducted a comparative analysis with DOE public data to understand the relationships between trends in teacher usage and student attendance. My research was incorporated into their 2015-16 Impact Report.

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