Jocelyn Fontaine, PhD is a Senior Research Associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Ms. Fontaine received her PhD in Justice and Public Policy from the School of Public Affairs at the American University and serves as an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Her research portfolio is focused mostly on evaluating community-based crime reduction and reentry initiatives targeted to vulnerable populations. Dr. Fontaine directs projects using both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to explore the impact of community-based initiatives on a range of outcomes, including individual, family/social network, and community outcomes. She has extensive experience developing survey instruments, facilitating focus groups, managing fieldwork in diverse settings, conducting stakeholder interviews, interfacing with public officials and program administrators, and translating evidence-based and promising practices into program implementation.
Before joining the Urban Institute, Dr. Fontaine worked on corrections issues under the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project after working as a research assistant on violence and victimization issues in the Office of Research and Evaluation at the National Institute of Justice (U.S. Department of Justice) for several years. Ms. Fontaine is committed to using rigorous social science methods to change policy and practice and contribute to the public discourse on crime and the criminal justice system.
Areas of expertise: Multisite evaluation, Mixed-method evaluation designs, Reentry, Crime prevention/reduction, Supportive housing (for the reentry population)
Location: Washington, DC
Heard on DC Public Safety Radio: Housing and Offender Reentry
Added May 2015