James Murdoch, PhD

James Murdoch, a Senior Policy Analyst with 2M Research, has over 7 years of experience as a research and policy analyst. He 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. Currently, Mr. Murdoch supports the team that develops a needs assessment and provides evaluation and performance measurement technical assistance to Arts in Education grantees for the U.S. Department of Education. He also has a key role in 2M’s GEO Ed evaluation for NSF, performing qualitative analysis of grantee applications, annual reports, and other administrative data. He has served as the lead analyst on several evaluations at 2M, including a mixed-methods evaluation of the creative placemaking program Our Town for the National Endowment for the Arts and a quasi-experimental analysis of the Atlanta BeltLine and its relationship to reduced intentional injuries. He has merged and analyzed quantitative and qualitative administrative data from program grantees and complex administrative data from public schools. He also 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. Mr. Murdoch has helped administer and summarize data from the Special Nutrition Program Operations Study (SN-OPS), programmed a door-to-door Android tablet survey aimed at recruiting individuals for interviews about diabetes, and helped design survey instruments and interview protocols. Recently, Mr. Murdoch developed a regression point displacement research design to identify community-level predictors of teen dating violence for CDC.

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