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Children, Youth & Families

We will collaborate with your team to design comprehensive formative and summative process evaluations that will help improve your programs and change the lives of children, youth, and families. Our experts are particularly skilled at developing specific tools and implementing research methods that give voice to traditionally underrepresented and vulnerable stakeholders. The findings from our studies have been used to strengthen the initiatives of numerous non-profits, government agencies, and educational organizations such as:

  • Gang prevention & intervention programs
  • Financial literacy programs
  • After school & summer programs for underrepresented & at-risk youth
  • Early childhood services & pre-school programs
  • Mental health services & outreach
  • Financial assistance programs
  • Workforce development programs

Expert Spotlight


Research Associate

As Research Associate, Cathy provides support in multiple areas including education, social services, and health. For these projects she participates in evaluation and research design, project management and implementation, data analysis, and reporting. Cathy’s methodological expertise spans qualitative and quantitative methods, with emphasis in advanced quantitative methods related to causal inference. Her content expertise includes young children’s early development, family systems, and early childhood care and development program design, implementation, and evaluation both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Vital Research, Cathy was an Early Childhood Development Advisor with Save the Children Federation, an international non-profit, for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Cathy holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles School of Education and Information Studies, where her research focused on the impact of social policies and programs on young children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development as well as children’s identity development. She also holds a Ed. M. from Harvard University’s School of Education in International Education Policy. Cathy is enthusiastic to be continuing her work dedicated to improving lives of children and families in situations of risk at Vital Research.