James Murdoch, PhD

James Murdoch, a Senior Policy Analyst with 2M Research, has more than 7 years of experience as a research and policy analyst. Mr. Murdoch has experience with survey data from complex datasets such as the Health and Retirement Survey, the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, and the General Social Survey. Recently, Mr. Murdoch developed a regression point displacement research design to identify community-level predictors of teen dating violence for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At 2M, Mr. Murdoch has served as project manager and lead analyst for the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Our Town Evaluation, in which he worked closely with NEA to develop a theory of change, logic model, and measurement model for the Our Town program. He also led the development and cognitive testing of a web survey of all our current and past Our Town grantees. The web survey is the first substantive national survey of creative placemaking organizations in the United States. Additionally, Mr. Murdoch led a study for the Evaluation of the Atlanta Beltline for CDC, for which he helped examine the relationship of the Beltline, a 22-mile hiking and biking trail in Atlanta, to reduced intentional injuries in surrounding neighborhoods.

Mr. Murdoch holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington and earned a Master in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

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