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Areas of Specialty

Evaluation, Measurement, Data Science, Participatory Research.

What matters to you?

I love getting down into the weeds and nitty-gritty of community-based research. Yet, I recognize that theory can only take us so far. I am constantly trying to think pragmatically about what will actually make a difference in the health and well-being of the people that we work with. I'm not very good at it. That is why relationships matter. I have colleague and partners who are always ready to help us collective move toward well-being and equity.

What are some wise words to live by?

"“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater"

What brings you joy?

I get so charged up being out in the field and actually getting to talk to people and see how they address community-based needs. At the risk of sounding too geeky, solving a particular hard computer coding problem brings me a rush like no other.

Jonathan P. Scaccia

Director WE Evaluation Team, Dawn Chorus Group

Jonathan P. Scaccia, PhD is the Principal of the Dawn Chorus Group. He is a community psychologist and evaluator with 20+ years of experience working in community-based settings. He has extensive experience helping organizations select, adapt, implement, and evaluate community-based improvement interventions.

Dr. Scaccia was one of the initial developers of the R=MC2 readiness model that helps organizations understand and build their capacity and motivation for change. His current research focuses on developing comprehensive methods to better integrate data-informed decision-making in community-based settings, especially those supported by artificial intelligence paradigms.

Dr. Scaccia also founded the research synthesis website PubTrawlr. He received his Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from the University of South Carolina and completed a research fellowship in the US. Dept of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health’s Public Health Systems, Finance, and Quality Program. 

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