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.
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.
Research AreasNeighborhoods, Cities, and Metros
Centers & InitiativesMetropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center Performance Measurement and Management
Research Report Education and TrainingDecember 30, 2015
June 5, 2014
Research Report Poverty, Vulnerability, and the Safety NetTheresa Anderson, Pamela J. Loprest, Teresa Derrick-Mills, Lauren Eyster, Elaine Morley, Alan WernerFebruary 18, 2014
Research Report Economic Growth and ProductivityNovember 4, 2013
Research Report Nonprofits and PhilanthropyNovember 4, 2013
November 4, 2013
Research Report Economic Growth and ProductivityCarol J. De Vita, Margaret Simms, Erwin de Leon, Saunji D. Fyffe, Elaine Morley, Carolyn T. O'Brien, Monica H. Rohacek, Molly M. Scott, Sarah TingJune 26, 2012
May 24, 2010
Research Report Health and Health PolicySeptember 1, 2009