REACH Evaluation welcomes Shireen Deobhakta as its new Evaluation Researcher. Shireen will work as a member of its research and evaluation team to provide research services to a variety of projects, including Promise Neighborhood projects through a contract with Berea College. She will also provide expertise in Behavioral Science approaches, which use a mixture of Psychology and Economics to nudge behaviors and solve problems in order to improve service delivery.
Shireen previously worked at the Office of Mayor Greg Fischer as a Research and Evaluation Consultant. In that role, she was responsible for embedding evidence-based practices within government and supporting various agencies in their continuous improvement journey. Her work at the Mayor’s Office focused primarily on Louisville’s violence prevention initiatives.
Prior to joining Louisville Metro, Shireen was a Graduate Research Assistant and Instructor at the University of Louisville. Her research interests revolved around issues of fair housing and equity.
Shireen earned her doctorate in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville. Prior to that, she received her Masters of Business Administration from the Ohio State University while working as a Public Finance Investment Banker. She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Ohio Wesleyan University.
We are also proud to announce that Shireen was recently selected to be on Business First’s Forty under 40 list!