Sarah Pepper Statistical Consultant and Senior Research Associate

Sarah Pepper

Sarah Pepper is a statistical consultant and senior research associate at MAI with experience in program evaluation, survey design, focus group facilitation, and data analysis. She is currently working with Bootstrap on a study of the experience of math and computer science teachers implementing the Bootstrap curriculum. She is also studying the experience of youth who participated in work internships through the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity Work Progress Program. Her recent work has included analyzing data on college enrollment and persistence for post-secondary DREAMers, as well as attendance and participation data for DREAMers at the elementary and secondary level. Dr. Pepper is also analyzing reading scores and attendance data from an afterschool literacy initiative with the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation.

In her earlier work as a consultant with Public/Private Ventures, Dr. Pepper analyzed survey and attendance data and participated in report writing for many projects including—but not limited to—an evaluation of middle school participants in Boys and Girls Clubs of America as they transitioned to high school; an evaluation of participants in afterschool literacy programs; and an evaluation of First Place for Youth. Dr. Pepper previously worked with Public/Private Ventures as a research associate, where she analyzed data relating to many youth development programs, including the San Francisco Beacons Centers, a gang prevention program of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and a teen pregnancy reduction program. She evaluated the Mentoring Supervisor Certificate Program for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, and evaluated factors that contribute to the sustainability of programs receiving Robert Wood Johnson Faith in Action seed grants.

Dr. Pepper received a B.A. in sociology from Temple University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her M.A. in demography, together with a Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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