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Teresa Derrick-Mills
Expert

Teresa Derrick-Mills

Senior Research Associate
Project Director, Coprincipal Investigator, Evaluation of the Head Start Designation Renewal System

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 at the Urban Institute. She helps develop performance and outcome measurement tools for the online database PerformWell. She is the project director and coprincipal investigator of the Evaluation of the Head Start Designation Renewal System. She is also a team member of the Child Care and Workforce Development: Bridging the Gap project and the Opportunity Works and Health Professional Opportunity Grants workforce development evaluations. Her research focuses on performance measurement and management, the intersection of nonprofit organizations and government, child care and Head Start policies and provisions, workforce development, and citizen engagement.

In her 20 years of research and management experience before joining Urban, Derrick-Mills contributed to early childhood systems-building in North Carolina through her executive-level work in a nonprofit, where she designed and managed programs, provided technical assistance and training, conducted policy research, and was a member of the Child Care Resource and Referral Council. She also spent a year in the federal government designing a new system of performance measurement for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Derrick-Mills holds BS degrees in sociology and political science from Florida State University. She earned her MPA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government. She is an adjunct professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University, where she earned her PhD in public policy and public administration with a specialization in program evaluation.