Brad Watts, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Telephone: (518) 591-8732
Specialization: Evaluation, Labor and Employment, and Public and Private Service Program Research
Healthy Families New York Evaluation
North American Family Institute's Youth and Police Initiative
SEED (Small Enterprise Economic Development)
Validation of the Coordinated Assessment System Tool
Brad joined CHSR in 2012 after spending over a decade conducting research projects on labor and employment issues in Michigan. He currently works on the evaluation of the Healthy Families New York (HFNY) program. HFNY is a statewide prevention program designed to improve child health, parenting, and reduce child maltreatment among at risk families. Brad is also the lead evaluator for the SEED Program. Brad’s research interests include programs and policies related to employment and entrepreneurship, as well as the evaluation, monitoring, and improvement of human service programs.
Brad received his Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics and his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University.
CHSR Featured Staff Member, September 2014
Brad is a well-respected member of the CHSR team. Since joining the Center for Human Services Research in 2012, he has lent his vast evaluation experience to several CHSR projects. Brad actively promotes the dissemination of his findings to broad audiences via the publication of research briefs, scholarly articles, and presentations. One of his most recent accomplishments includes a forthcoming publication pertaining to his evaluation of the SEED program:
Miesing, P., Watts, B., Siegel, D., & Briar-Lawson, K. In press. Lessons on microenterprise development from a university-based microlending development program. In Audretsch, D.B., Link, A.N., & Walshok, M. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Additionally, Brad is chairing a session and presenting at the 2014 annual conference of the American Evaluation Association in Denver on October 15-19. The session is entitled, Why Evaluability Assessments? Examples From Three Real-World Settings. Brad will co-present with Heather Washington on the evaluability of the Youth and Police Initiative. The CHSR is proud of Brad’s accomplishments and ongoing contributions to the field of evaluation research.