Sarah Kathryn Pepper, PhD, is an evaluator and statistical consultant with experience in research design, protocol development, qualitative interviewing, survey design, focus group facilitation, and data analysis. Her current work involves exploring trends in educational data for schools in Camden, New Jersey; analyzing data on the experience of youth who participated in work internships through NYC Opportunity’s Work Progress Program; and coaching two nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia area as they work to strengthen their internal data collection and usage strategies through participation in Pew’s Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative (ECBI).
In 2020, Dr. Pepper worked with Springboard Collaborative analyzing program and school district data in order to document differences in the effect of Springboard’s summer literacy intervention on participants relative to students in a matched comparison group.
Dr. Pepper received a BA in sociology from Temple University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her MA in demography together with a PhD in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of work, she enjoys running, making new vegetarian recipes, and most recently brewing kombucha.