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Alan Werner, Ph.D.

Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy

Alan Werner, Ph.D. Alan Werner, Ph.D.
Alan Werner has more than 30 years of experience in evaluation design and analysis. Werner has expertise in the design and conduct of comprehensive evaluations of social programs, specifically in the design and management of process, impact, and cost-benefit evaluations of social programs, particularly those aimed at low-income citizens and families. He has special expertise in welfare policy reform and welfare reform programs designed to increase economic self-sufficiency through employment. Werner also has a national reputation in implementation research and process studies of social programs. 
He serves as a co-Principal Investigator with several U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/Administration for Children and Families (ACF) projects, including the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) National Implementation Evaluation and Impact Studies. 
Werner has served on Abt’s Institutional Review Board and earlier in his career was a lecturer with Brandeis University’s Heller School where he taught courses on Foundations of Social Welfare in America and Ethical Dilemmas in Social Policy. He also served as Director of Research for the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare.

Werner holds a Ph.D. in History of Ideas from Brandeis University and his Bachelor's in Philosophy from Princeton University.
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  • Welfare and low-income assistance/family support
  • Evaluation design and data collection (including survey design and management)
  • Implementation studies and analysis 


  • Health Profession Opportunity Grants National Implementation Evaluation, ACF
  • Impact Studies of the Health Professions Opportunity Grants (HPOG), ACF
  • The Implementation, Systems and Outcome Evaluation of the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Program to Serve Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Other Low-Income Individuals, ACF
  • Innovative Strategies to Increase Self-Sufficiency, ACF

Selected Publications

  • Werner, Alan.  A Guide to Implementation Research.  Urban Institute Press (2004.)
  • Werner, Alan and Burstein, Nancy R.  “The New York State Child Assistance Program:  Program Design, Operations, and Early Impacts,” in Child Support and Child Well-being, Irwin Garfinkel, Sarah McLanahan, and Philip K. Robins, eds.  Urban Institute Press, 1994.
  • Werner, Alan.  “Work, Training and Welfare Reform in Massachusetts:  The ET Choices Program.”  In Job Training for Women:  The Promise and Limits of Public Policy, Sharon Harlan and Ronnie Steinberg, eds.  Temple University Press, 1989.