Adria Gallup-Black

Former Associate Director, Research & Evaluation

Adria Gallup-Black was the Associate Director, Research & Evaluation, of FHI 360’s School & Community Services (U.S. Programs) office in New York, where she directed and oversaw the evaluations of the department’s education and youth development initiatives. She has a rich and varied background in survey methods, metrics development, and program evaluation, particularly in the areas of children, youth, and families at risk; family/intimate partner violence; education; housing and homelessness; welfare reform; race; and politics and political opinion.

Gallup-Black also served in several de facto roles: leader of the Evaluation Community of Practice; quantitative analysis, psychometrics, and survey methods consultant on other FHI 360 evaluation efforts; department-wide ethics and human subjects protections advisor; and a member of the Integrators Network and Open Data Committee.

Previous experience

Prior to joining FHI 360, Gallup-Black was a Research Scientist at New York University, where she conducted a DoJ-funded quantitative study on trends in family and intimate partner homicide, and served as the quantitative analyst for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Urban Health Initiative. She worked as a Senior Associate at MDRC, where she developed questionnaires and protocols for capturing domestic violence that have since been adopted by researchers across the country. Gallup-Black has also consulted for the Academy for Educational Development (AED) and the John Jay Center for Criminal Justice Research.

Gallup-Black earned her doctorate in political science from Columbia University; her dissertation on the Reagan-era welfare reform initiatives, Federalism, Welfare Reform, and Policy Innovation in the American States, was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell prize for the best dissertation in policy studies.

Selected papers and presentations

From Data to Success: The Efficient Use of Early Warning Indicator Strategies to Shape Interventions for Students in the Middle Grades (2016). With Risa Sackman. Commissioned by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. New York, NY: FHI 360.

Expanding Career Options for Young People: Evaluation of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s CareerLaunch Program. 2011. With Jessica Knevals, Duquuan Hinton, and Nancy Nevarez. Washington, DC: Academy for Educational Development.

Turnaround Strategies for Youth at-Risk: Lessons from the Evaluation of the Urban Youth Empowerment Program (A Report to the National Urban League). 2009. With Mindy Feldbaum and Lisa Johnson. Washington, DC: Academy for Educational Development.

Giving it a Name: How Developing Instructional Leadership Empowered the International High Schools to Name and Claim Their Best Practices. 2008. Washington, DC: Academy for Educational Development.

“Twenty Years of Rural and Urban Trends in Family and Intimate Partner Homicide: Does Place Matter?” 2005. Homicide Studies, 9(2):149-173.

“Teen Pregnancy and Urban Youth: Competing Truths, Complacency, and Perceptions of the Problem.” 2004. With Beth C. Weitzman. Journal of Adolescent Health, 34:366-375.

“Changing of the Guard: Mayors, Race, Efficacy, and Engagement.” 2003. Paper presented at the 58 Annual Conference of the American Association of Public Opinion Research, Nashville, TN, May 18, 2003 and at the 100th Annual Conference of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, August 30, 2003.

Toward Diversity in Public Service: A Report to the Ford Foundation on the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program 1980-2000. May 2003. With Keith MacAllum. Washington, DC: Academy for Educational Development. (Also the subject of a special panel session at the 25th Annual APPAM Research Conference, Washington, DC, November 6, 2003.)