URBAN INSTITUTE

Expert

Teresa Derrick-Mills
Expert

Teresa Derrick-Mills

Senior Research Associate

Why, how, and to what extent do programs/policies work? How do place and institutional structure contribute? What intended outcomes are realized, and what unintended outcomes have resulted? How do we measure program performance? I believe posing these questions is important to using resources efficiently and effectively in building a strong society. At Urban, I can draw on the interdisciplinary, multi-method expertise of my colleagues to collaboratively design strong research and evaluations that answer these questions, to inform decisionmaking within nonprofit organizations and across levels of government.

Biography

Teresa Derrick-Mills is a senior research associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. She focuses on early care and education and workforce development, the relationships between nonprofits and governments in implementing programs, and the roles of and implications for nonprofit organizations. She recently coauthored a chapter in Nonprofits and Government: Conflict and Collaboration on the interrelationships of performance measurement for governments and nonprofits, and she recently concluded the multiyear Evaluation of the Head Start Designation Renewal System. She is a research team member of the Child Care and Workforce Development: Bridging the Gap project; the Opportunity Works and Health Professional Opportunity Grants workforce development evaluations; Building Evaluative Capacity of Community Action Agencies; Identifying Issues and Options to Understand TANF Outcome Measures; and Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice in Juvenile Justice project. Before joining Urban, Derrick-Mills contributed to early childhood systems building in North Carolina through executive-level work in a nonprofit and spent a year in the federal government designing a new system of performance measurement for the Corporation for National and Community Service. Derrick-Mills is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, where she earned her PhD in public policy and public administration with a specialization in program evaluation. She also holds BS degrees in sociology and political science from Florida State University and earned her MPA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.