URBAN INSTITUTE

Expert

Elaine Morley
Expert

Elaine Morley

Senior Research Associate

Helping identify programs that work, or ways to improve programs or program management, is an important role for policy research. Encouraging collection and use of performance information contributes to improving services provided by government and nonprofit entities, and that should lead to better outcomes for individuals, families, and communities affected by those services.

Biography

Elaine Morley is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she works in the public management program. She has participated in numerous projects addressing performance measurement and public management, including efforts focused on developing outcome indicators and using information to manage performance.

Morley has contributed to numerous publications related to performance measurement for nonprofit organizations and government entities, including Using Outcome Information: Making Data Pay Off; How Federal Programs Use Outcome Information: Opportunities for Federal Managers; Making Use of Outcome Information for Improving Services: Recommendations for Nonprofit Organizations; and Comparative Performance Measurement. She has also participated in evaluations of a wide variety of programs, generally involving collecting qualitative and quantitative data and conducting fieldwork.

Morley received her PhD in social science from Syracuse University.