Katie Gan Ph.D.
Katie is a Senior Social Scientist in The Lab @ DC. She partners with agencies to develop evidence-based policies and programs for the District. She helps agencies learn what works by applying evidence to their work and by developing and implementing projects to generate rigorous evidence they can learn from.
Katie has over decade of applied, academic, and instructional experience related to designing and executing a wide range of experimental, quasi-experimental, and qualitative program evaluations. In her previous work at Abt Associates, Katie led randomized control trials and implementation evaluations of federal policies and programs in the areas of job training, education, and youth development. She also shared her expertise in evaluation, providing guidance and tools for designing, implementing, and reporting on rigorous evaluations to researchers for over 150 innovative or evidence-based interventions. At the forefront of all of Katie’s work- then and now- is collaborating with government, nonprofit, for-profit, and academic partners to design and implement evaluations, and then transforming research insights into actionable policy and program interventions.
Katie earned a B.A. in economics and sociology from Trinity University and a Ph.D. in social policy and sociology from Harvard University. A Ward 2 resident, Katie can often be found with her husband and dog searching for their next good meal with friends.