Our associates represent more than 50 combined years of program evaluation experience.
Holly P. Wald, Ph.D. Founder and President
Dr. Wald has over 25 years of experience in the design, coordination, implementation and evaluation of human service programs. She works with non-profit and publicly funded organizations to develop a framework to collect and analyze program performance measures. Data are utilized to identify successes, areas in need of improvement, and formulate change. Additionally, the outcomes are linked to cost savings, cost offsets and returns on investment used to help plan for sustainability. Examples of evaluations conducted include countywide systems of care models for adults and youth, school based behavioral health models, peer and recovery support services, workforce development initiatives, nursing education programs, veteran’s services, tobacco prevention, cessation and education programs funded through the Master Settlement Agreement, and reentry models for offender populations in and outside of Allegheny County. Prior to starting HPW Associates, Dr. Wald was Vice President for Research and Evaluation at KIT Solutions and Evaluation Specialist at the Institute for Psychiatry and Addiction at St. Francis Medical Center. Dr. Wald has conducted numerous trainings on evaluation and performance measurement and has published the results of her evaluative projects in peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous national conferences. She also serves as Board Past President of the Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh Affiliate.
Carol Brooks, M.S.W. Research Associate
Carol is highly skilled in qualitative data collection including facilitating focus groups, conducting personal interviews, and analyzing data. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to education, veterans’ programs, criminal justice and behavioral health. Prior to joining HPW Associates, she was a program planner and coordinator with Communities in Schools in programs designed to improve student performance outcomes. Carol gained practical experience working with youth in a school setting that included a large population of refugee children. During her tenure at the National Center for Juvenile Justice, Carol was involved in the evaluation of juvenile offender programs in non-traditional settings. She has also worked on various program evaluation initiatives in the human service arena, including aging, juvenile justice, corrections, and education. Ms. Brooks has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Duquesne University and a Master’s in Social Work Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Phillip J. Grosse, M.A. Data Analyst
P.J. contributes a wide variety of statistical analysis support to various projects. Types of analyses include: cost analyses, descriptive statistics, and formal statistical testing. Additionally, he helps modify, clean, and link datasets. P.J. also has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Master of Arts in Applied Statistics, as well as being a current Ph.D. candidate in the area of Research Methodology at the University of Pittsburgh. He also has previous experience providing statistical support as an independent consultant on a number of different projects at both HPW Associates and the University of Pittsburgh. This included support in areas such as sampling design, hypothesis testing, and statistical programming.
Alex Jendrek, M.P.I.A. Research Associate
Alex earned his Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs initially focusing his studies on international conflict and crisis. As an undergraduate at Indiana University Bloomington, Alex studied political science and international relations and spent two summers in Kosovo broadening his understanding of public affairs and policy. Through his coursework, international experience, and tenure as a legislative intern for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Alex developed a keen interest in local issues, which shifted his focus toward policy analysis and evaluation. At HPW, Alex enjoys working on projects aimed at efficiently and effectively providing vital services to consumers and their families. He employs his background in communications and research to provide data coordination, cleaning, and consolidation on projects ranging from mental and behavioral health to drug and alcohol prevention. Alex also supports evaluation projects by assisting with survey creation, testing, and analysis.