Kimberly Foley joined MEF Associates in 2017 as a Research Associate. She has several years’ experience in policy research and evaluation in a range of content areas, including workforce development, education, criminal justice, child welfare, early childhood, and health. Her work includes formal evaluation and research, developmental evaluation and capacity building around data collection and use, and providing actionable analyses and findings to program or agency staff and leadership.
Kim has worked across many policy areas and domains, with a focus on providing data analysis to agencies and organizations serving low-income individuals and families. She has experience linking and analyzing data across systems to better understand the strengths and challenges of the individuals who touch these systems. She has worked with organizations to make these data accessible in order to inform decision-making, program development, data collection, and staff training. In addition, she has worked on multiple evaluations that paired rigorous quantitative and qualitative research with outreach and engagement to ensure policy relevant dissemination of findings.
At MEF, Kim works on projects related to workforce development, early childhood education, child welfare, and housing. Prior to joining MEF, she was at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, where she was a quantitative researcher focusing on analyses of outcomes and experiences of Chicago and Illinois youth in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and educational systems.
Kim holds a Master of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a B.A. in History and English from the University of Chicago.