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Demetra Smith Nightingale
Institute Fellow
Income and Benefits Policy Center
Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
  • Profile
  • Outside Affiliations
  • Demetra Nightingale is an Institute fellow at the Urban Institute, where her research focuses on social, economic, and labor policy issues. She was the chief evaluation officer at the US Department of Labor from 2011 to 2016, where she developed what is recognized as one of the premier evaluation units in the federal government. Before joining the Department of Labor, Nightingale worked at the Urban Institute for three decades, conducting research and evaluations on employment, labor, welfare, and other social and economic policies and programs, and at the Johns Hopkins University for seven years, where she taught graduate courses in social policy and program evaluation. She is also a professorial lecturer at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University, teaching graduate courses in program evaluation, integrating evaluation, and performance management in the context of evidence-based policymaking.

    Nightingale is the author or coauthor of five books and numerous articles. Among her books are Repairing the US Social Safety Net (with Martha Burt) and Reshaping the American Workforce in a Changing Economy (with Harry Holzer). She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and serves on many task forces and advisory panels. She received her doctorate in public policy from the George Washington University.

    Research Areas
    Workforce development
    Beyond high school: education and training
    Evidence-based policy capacity
    Job markets and labor force
    Federal evaluation forum

    Outside Affiliations
    National Academy of Public Administration
    Elected Fellow
    American Evaluation Association
    Member, Evaluation Policy Task Force
    George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
    Advisory Council Member; Chair of Programs Subcommittee
    Credential Engine
    Member, Transparency Description Language Task Group
    Chamber of Commerce Foundation
    Evaluation Consultant
    Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management

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