Carolyn J. Hill

Carolyn J. Hill is a senior fellow at MDRC where she works with teams on program evaluations and helps lead MDRC’s Implementation Research Group, which supports implementation research across the organization. She also co-curates the MDRC’s Implementation Research Incubator, which aims to inform implementation research in social policy evaluations. Hill values and enjoys teaching, mentoring, learning, working with colleagues, and conducting analyses that can contribute to improving public programs. Prior to joining MDRC full-time in 2017, Hill was a faculty member in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University for 16 years, where she also served a three-year term as associate dean for academic affairs. Her research is driven by questions of whether and why public programs are effective, and how they can be improved. Working with a number of colleagues, she has pursued these questions through three main types of research: developing an overarching framework for accumulating empirical evidence about public management and program effectiveness; conducting empirical analyses of specific aspects of public programs and management in areas of education, health, and human services; and analyzing methods and measurement issues that arise in the evaluation of public programs and management. She is the co-author of Public Management: Thinking and Acting in Three Dimensions, 2nd Edition (with Laurence E. Lynn, Jr., CQ Press 2016) as well as two other books: Against the Tide: Household Structure, Opportunities, and Outcomes among White and Minority Youth (with Harry J. Holzer and Henry Chen, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2009); and Improving Governance: A New Logic for Empirical Research (with Laurence E. Lynn, Jr., and Carolyn J. Heinrich, Georgetown Press, 2001). Her research been published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, and other journals and book chapters. Hill received awards for her research in JPAM (2003) and JPART (2007), and for her teaching at Georgetown (2003, 2005). Hill earned a B.A. in political science and Russian area studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1989, an M.A. in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago in 2001.