Sara Greenfield Research Associate

Sara Greenfield

Sara Greenfield is a Research Associate at MAI. During her six-year tenure at MAI, Ms. Greenfield has served as a Project Manager leading several MAI projects, including evaluations of youth development and education, social determinants of health, and out-of-school time and summer learning. Additionally, Sara currently serves as the webmaster for the Community Psychology Topical Interest Group through the American Evaluation Association and is the Board Chair of the nonprofit organization Speranza Human Compassion Project. Prior to her tenure at MAI, Ms. Greenfield was a research assistant at Temple University's Eating Disorders Program and a research intern at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Sara has been involved in the following MAI evaluations:

  • Advocacy Evaluation. Partnership for Equity and Education Rights (PEER) process evaluation, 1,000 Days’ paid maternity leave study, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence community attitudes assessment and media content analysis, and the Shriver Center’s Legal Impact Network.

  • Social Determinants of Health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health assessment, the evaluation of the Health Information Project, and the mixed-methods retrospective evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise initiative. 

  • Youth Development and Education. The Wallace Foundation’s Youth Arts Initiative, Bootstrap’s Algebra and Data Science evaluations, Amachi evaluation, Big Brother’s Big Sister of America’s Technology Enhanced Mentoring evaluation, and the multi-year evaluation of The National CARES Mentoring Movement’s The Rising initiative. 

  • Out-of-School-Time and Summer Learning. Elev8, a middle grades community schools initiative funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Springboard Summer evaluation, BellXcel’s Quality Indicators Literature Review, the case study of the United Way of New York City’s ReadNYC literacy initiative. 

  • Workforce Development. The evaluation of the city of New York’s Center for Economic Opportunity’s Work Progress Project, a subsidized internship program for low-income teens and young adults, PowerCorpsPHL evaluation, Episcopal Community Services MindSet evaluation. 

  • Capacity-Building and Scaling & Growth. Pew Fund Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative (ECBI), the Social Impact Collaborative performance measurement and evaluation capacity-building initiative, the qualitative study of growth, scaling, and sustainability for The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Relationship Management study.

Ms. Greenfield specializes in qualitative research methods and is committed to applying a culturally responsive and racial equity lens to all of her evaluation work. She is passionate about gathering nuanced, systematic information about program implementation, constituent voice and experiences, and programmatic challenges and outcomes. At MAI, Sara engages in a variety of activities on each of the projects in which she works including, but not limited to securing Institutional Review Board (IRB) study approval, data collection tool development, management, collection, and analysis of qualitative data, and report writing and other deliverable development, including graphic design. Sara also has experience with quantitative research methods and has developed survey instruments and has assisted in quantitative data analysis. 

Ms. Greenfield earned her B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from Temple University.

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