Cynthia Guy, Annie E. Casey Foundation

TITLE: Director, Research and Evaluation

FOCUS AREAS: Policy reform, policy research, children, families, community

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PROFILE: Cynthia (Cindy) Guy is Director of Research and Evaluation for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Here is her bio on the foundation's website:

As director of research and evaluation, Cynthia Guy supervises evaluations of Casey program and policy reform initiatives, commissions social policy research, promotes the development of innovative research methodologies and data resources and supports efforts to build local capacity to produce and use research and data for program, planning and policy reform.

Guy directs efforts to implement a Foundation-wide evaluation protocol. The protocol is designed to provide research and evaluation support for the development of major Casey initiatives, from the early exploration of ideas through field-based demonstrations and into scale-up efforts. She also leads research and evaluation activities related to the development and testing of the Foundation’s two-generation approach, which combine economic, educational and human services in a comprehensive family-focused effort to improve child and parent well-being. In addition, Guy heads up a cross-Foundation effort to promote development of multiagency integrated data systems as an efficient and sustainable information resource for policy reform, program management and research.

Since coming to Casey, Guy has managed process and outcome evaluations of the Foundation's major reform initiatives in the areas of teen pregnancy, community revitalization and employment, and played a key role in distilling and commissioning foundational research for Casey’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. She developed and managed an extensive program of field-building research based in Casey’s decade-long Making Connections initiative. The resulting databases and reports have become widely used policy resources, leading to a series of publications and presentations by a growing network of scholars and action researchers concerned with community change and family economic success.

To promote the Casey Foundation’s priorities and values in relevant fields of research, Guy represents the Foundation in public/private and philanthropic collaboratives, such as the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's What Works Collaborative and the Living Cities Evaluation Committee. She regularly participates in advisory groups and steering committees for research initiatives related to Casey’s work, such as the National Home Visiting Research Network, the Self Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse and the Promise Neighborhoods Database Technical Workgroup.

Guy holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago. Before joining the Foundation, she taught at the university level and conducted qualitative evaluation of social programs as a member of interdisciplinary research teams at MDRC.