Debra J. Rog, PhD, is Associate Director of Faculty Affairs at The Evaluators’ Institute, a Vice President with Westat, and President of The Rockville Institute. In her current roles, Rog is directing several evaluations in the areas of homeless service delivery systems, housing, community collaboratives, among others. She also serves in training and evaluation advising roles within the organization. Before joining Westat in January 2007, Rog was director of the Washington office of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Evaluation and Program Improvement (CEPI) for 17 years, and was a senior research associate in CEPI. She has over 30 years of experience in program evaluation and applied research. Much of her work has focused on evaluating programs, systems, and policies for vulnerable populations.
Debra Rog is a recognized expert in evaluation and applied research design, has served as the co-editor of the Applied Social Research Methods Series (50+ textbooks) and the Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods, and is on faculty of The Evaluators’ Institute. She has to her credit numerous publications on evaluation methodology, housing, homelessness, poverty, mental health, and program and policy development and has contributed and served on the editorial boards of the Encyclopedia of Homelessness, the Encyclopedia of Evaluation, and the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is a past president of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and a member of AEA since its inception, as well as being a member of the two predecessor organizations. She has served in a number of capacities for AEA, including two terms as a board member, the 1990 Local Arrangements chair, the 1996 Annual Meeting Program co-chair, and on the Board Orientation Committee, Awards committee, and Membership Committee. She also is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Public Health Association. She has been recognized for her evaluation work by the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Evaluation Association, the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, and the Knowledge Utilization Society.