Our Consultants

Data Works comprises a diverse team of consultants with a wide range of content knowledge and technical skills.
Our range of expertise crosses both methods and disciplines, delivering real results and tools that help organizations meet the needs of their clients.

 
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Angelica Thompson, Ph.D.
CEO & Director of Research & Evaluation
Dr. Thompson is the CEO of Data Works, a minority and woman-owned small business enterprise that helps community-based organizations better serve their clients by evaluating their programs’ effectiveness and making evidence-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.
 
For more than 13 years. Dr. Thompson has served as a Research Advisor for Shelby County Schools where she designs research projects, evaluates state and federal programs and initiatives, and produces publication-quality narrative reports. In 2016, Dr. Thompson conducted a study of the district’s 2016 cohort of students to identify early warning indicators of students’ 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 in 2010 with her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research, concentrating 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 on Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis.
 
Dr. Thompson is a member of the American Evaluators Association (AEA), AERA, Stand for Children, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Education
  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology & Research, Concentration in Educational Psychology, University of Memphis
  • M.S., Psychology, University of Memphis
Focus Areas
  • Racial and economic inequalities in education
  • Implicit and explicit bias
  • Drop-out prevention
     
Expertise
  • Outcome evaluations
  • Impact evaluation
  • Survey development
     
Select Publications & Presentations
  • The effectiveness of early warning indicators (EWI) in dropout prevention. (2017, March). A report produced for Shelby County Schools Department of Research and Performance Management.
  • The academic outcomes of students affected by school closures. (2018). A report produced for Shelby County Schools Department of Research and Performance Management.
  • The relationships among race, gender, school poverty concentration, mathematics achievement, and educational values of students and peers. (2013, April). Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy, and Praxis. Conference hosted by American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA.