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Jason Rodriguez

Doctoral Student, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Program: Community Research & Action
Admission year: 2014

Prior to his doctoral studies, Jason earned a B.S. in Sociology and a M.S. in Applied Statistics, both from Kennesaw State University. While earning his M.S., he served as Data Coordinator for Georgia's Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless, where he directed its 2013 and 2014 homeless count efforts and engaged in grantee performance evaluation. In 2014, he led the development of Pathways Community Network Institute's "Data Analyst" project: a suite of open-source web-based applications designed to streamline the ability of Georgia communities to access and analyze their administrative homeless data.

Jason is currently working with Professor Beth Shinn, who is his primary research advisor. So far, his own research has utilized administrative data to evaluate whether certain interventions are more successful than others at helping homeless households in Georgia exit homelessness. More broadly, Jason is interested in evaluating the effectiveness of social programs through creative approaches to quantitative and mixed-methods analysis, as well as helping communities develop and test strategies to address social problems at the local level. He is considering a career in program evaluation once his doctoral studies are completed.