Dennis Okyere, MPP

Dennis Okyere, a Research Analyst as 2M Research, has more than 8 years of experience in project implementation, management, and evaluation of social policies and programs using both quantitative and qualitative techniques. He has rich experience leading quantitative analysis tasks, including the development of a protocol to transfer, clean, match, merge, and analyze complex longitudinal administrative datasets in research projects. At 2M, Mr. Okyere support’s contract work with United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service and the Department of Labor. On these contracts, he has harmonized large amounts of administrative data to create complex datasets; provided analytical and programming support in Stata, SPSS, and RAT; and conducted rigorous statistical and spatial analyses. He has led complex research and evaluation projects for several international firms, for which he has developed complex survey and sampling designs; overseen data management including imputation of missing data and weighting; conducted econometric‐based quantitative data analyses; written reports and manuscripts for publication; and presented results to funding agencies. As a Research Assistant at the University of Texas at Dallas, Mr. Okyere supported the project team in developing a corpus of conflict related news articles between 2011 and 2017 using LexisNexis, as well as setting up and conducting multiple crowdsourcing experiments using Qualtrics, designed to improve crowdsourcing worker output when coding conflict events from text. In his doctoral studies, Mr. Okyere independently designed a survey of mobile phone use and travel behavior and personally administered it to a sample of over 1200 residents of the Kumasi Metropolis in Ghana, using a multi-stage sampling technique. He has developed and reviewed research reports and academic publications and has delivered findings of his research projects at major conferences. Mr. Okyere earned an MPhil in Urban Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has also received certification in time series and dynamic modeling from the University of Essex. He is currently a PhD candidate in Public Policy at the University of Texas at Dallas and expects to complete his doctorate in December 2018. Mr. Okyere is a member of the Transportation Research Board and the Association for Public Policy Analyses and Management.

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