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Werner, Ph.D.

Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy

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 for low-income citizens and families. He has special expertise in welfare reform policy and 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 for several Administration for Children and Families projects, including the Health Profession Opportunity Grants National Implementation Evaluation and Impact Studies. 
Werner has served on Abt’s Institutional Review Board. Earlier in his career he was a lecturer with Brandeis University’s Heller School, where he taught courses on social welfare and social policy. He also served as director of research for the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare.


  • Welfare and low-income assistance/family support
  • Evaluation design and data collection (including survey design and management)
  • Implementation studies and analysis 

Key Projects

  • 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.
Alan Werner