Angelica Thompson, Ph.D.
CEO/Director of Research and Evaluation
Dr. Thompson is the CEO of Data Works, LLC, a minority and woman-owned small business enterprise that helps community-based organizations better serve their clients by evaluating their programs’ effectiveness and making evidenced-based recommendations for improvement. She specializes in outcome and impact evaluations, employing evaluation surveys, and building organizational capacity for understanding and utilizing evaluations.
Most recently, Dr. Thompson has evaluated the effectiveness of a HUD intervention program that aims to increase the self-sufficiency of residents in housing developments by linking them with available resources in the community to meet their needs. She has also evaluated the effectiveness of local government-funded leadership and employment programs aimed at improving the academic, behavioral, civic, and social outcomes of resident youth.
Dr. Thompson also served as a Research Advisor for Shelby County Schools where she designed research projects, evaluated state and federal programs and initiatives, and produced publication-quality narrative reports for over a decade. In 2016, Dr. Thompson conducted a study of the District’s 2016 cohort of students to identify at-risk middle school indicators of academic disengagement. This culminated in the departmental paper entitled The effectiveness of early warning indicators in dropout prevention.
Dr. Thompson graduated from the University of Memphis with her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. She presented her dissertation entitled The relationships among race, gender, school poverty concentration, mathematics achievement and educational values of students and peers at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in San Francisco in 2013 on Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis.
Dr. Thompson is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), AERA, and Stand for Children.
Anne Walton Garrison, M.A.
Anne Walton Garrison is the Lead Evaluator of Data Works, LLC, and has 11 years of experience in designing and conducting evaluations of educational programs in public-school settings. Her areas of expertise include program impact evaluation, research design, quantitative data analysis, and qualitative data collection and analysis. Current projects include evaluating teacher preparation/recruitment programs, determining return on investment of Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI ), and investigating the cumulative effects of frequent school changes on college readiness and college enrollment.
Ms. Garrison has had extensive graduate training in quantitative and qualitative research methods at Stanford University, Duke University, and the University of Memphis. She has a graduate certificate in Quantitative Studies in Educational Research, an M.A. in Sociology, and is nearing completion on a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research.
Ms. Garrison's repertoire of quantitative research methods includes linear regression and the ANOVA (analysis of variance) family of models, logistic and multinomial regression, hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, propensity score analysis, and regression discontinuity, to name a few. Her qualitative skills include conducting and analyzing data from in-depth interviews and focus groups, as well as performing content analysis.
Ms. Garrison is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the American Evaluation Association.