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ehardy@brandeis.edu  •  Heller-Brown Building  • 272  •  781-736-3915

Expertise

Race-, ethnicity- and income-based inequality amongst children; Educational equity; Social policy; Social determinants of family and child health and wellbeing; Community-/place-based policies and strategies; Quantitative social science research methods; measurement; policy evaluation; spatial methods.

Courses

  • HS 263f - Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • HS 297f - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Scholarship

  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Shaping Economic Futures, The Role of Communities: Why and How Racial/Ethnic Equity Matters." Community Development: Research and Ideas on the Economic Futures of Kids and Communities (Summary of Research Conference Proceedings). Ed. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System., 2019 (forthcoming)
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Methods Workshop Panel: Using GIS and Spatial Statistics to Advance Child Care and Early Education Policy Analysis and Research." Annual Meeting of the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium (sponsored by U.S. Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation). Washington, D.C.. March 2017.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Mapping Supply and Demand of Child Care and Early Education Programs: Researcher Insights and Evidence-Based Policy Tools to Make Government More Effective." Annual Meeting of the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium (sponsored by U.S. Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation). Washington, D.C.. March 2017.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Shaping Economic Futures, The Role of Communities: Why and How Racial/Ethnic Equity Matters." Plenary presentation for the Tenth Biennial Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference: Strong Foundations: The Economic Futures of Kids and Communities.. Washington, D.C.. March 2017.
  • Acevedo-Garcia, D. and Hardy, E.. "Demonstration of the diversitydatakids.org “How Affordable Is Opportunity Tool?”." Launch event for White House Opportunity Project. The White House, Washington, D.C.. March 7, 2016.
  • Acevedo-Garcia, D., E. Hardy, N. McArdle, U. Crisan, B. Romano, D. Norris, M. Baek, and J. Reece. The Child Opportunity Index: Measuring and mapping neighborhood-based opportunities for U.S. children. A diversitydatakids.org Report.: 2016.
  • Acevedo-Garcia, D., E. Hardy, and S. Schmit. "Place and Race Matter: Head Start and CCBDG Access by Race, Ethnicity, and Location." Webinar hosted by The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and diversitydatakids.org
  • Acevedo-Garcia, D., N. McArdle, E. Hardy, K. Dillman, J. Reece, U. Crisan. "Neighborhood Opportunity and Location Affordability for Low-Income Renter Families." Housing Policy Debate 26. 4-5 (2016): 607-645.
  • Carillo, L., M. Pattillo, E. Hardy, D. Acevedo-Garcia.. "Housing Decisions among Low-Income Hispanic Households in Chicago." Cityscape (2016).
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Diversitydatakids.org Early Childhood Data Presentation." Justice from the Start: Exploring Racial Disparities in Access to Services for Babies and Toddlers (a convening of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law). Chicago, IL. October 2016.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Mapping Local Child Care Subsidy Delivery Systems in Massachusetts." Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Fall Research Conference. Washington, D.C.. November 2016.
  • Acevedo-Garcia, Dolores / Hardy, Erin Flaherty / Joshi, Pamela. www.diversitydatakids.org. April 2015. W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. <www.diversitydatakids.org>.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Variation in CCDF Administrative Practices: What Varies and Why and How It Matters for Families and Children." Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium (sponsored by U.S. Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation). Washington, D.C.. December 2015.
  • Acevedo-Garcia, D., N. McArdle, E. Hardy, U. Crisan, B. Romano, D. Norris, M. Baek, and J. Reece. "The Child Opportunity Index: Improving Collaboration Between Community Development And Public Health." Health Affairs 33. 11 (2014): 1948-1957.
  • Geronimo, K., Joshi, P., Hardy, E., Crisan, I. "Understanding Patterns of Local Access to Early Childhood Education for Children of Diverse Racial/Ethnic, Nativity and Language Groups: A New Interactive Web-based Analysis Tool and Emerging Evidence." Head Start National Research Conference. Washington DC. July 2014.
  • Giapponi, Kate, Joshi, P., Hardy, E. and Ha, Y. "The Impact of the Eligibility Reassessment Process on the Stability of Child Care Subsidy Receipt and Child Care Arrangement." Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Fall Research Conference (APPAM). Albuquerque, New Mexico. November 2014.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Evaluation of the Child Care Voucher Eligibility Reassessment Administrative Changes in Massachusetts." OPRE Child Care Research Partnership Grantee Network. Teleconference. January 31, 2014.
  • Joshi, P. K., K. Geronimo, B. Romano, A. Earle, L. Rosenfeld, E. Hardy, and D. Acevedo-Garcia. "Integrating Racial/Ethnic Equity Into Policy Assessments To Improve Child Health." Health Affairs 33. 12 (2014): 2222-2229.
  • Joshi, Pam, Henley, J., Mayer, A., Hardy, E., Giapponi, K., and Ha, Y. "Stability/Instability in Context." Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium (sponsored by U.S. Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation). Washington, DC. November 2014.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Future Directions in Research on Institutional and Interpersonal Discrimination and Child Health." American Journal of Public Health Published online ahead of print February 14, 2013. (2013).
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Diversity in Early Education." Advancing the Legacy of Mendez and Brown: A National Conference on School Diversity. The National Coalition on School Diversity. May 2012.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Mapping Access to Communities of Opportunity for Kids." Transforming Race 2012: Visions of Change. Annual convening of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, Ohio State University. March 2012.
  • McArdle, N., Hardy, E., Osypuk, T., & Acevedo-Garcia, D. The Changing Face of Homeowners in Large Metro Areas. Diversitydata.org Issue Brief: 2012.
  • McArdle, N., Osypuk, T., Hardy, E. & Acevedo-Garcia, D. The Changing Face of Households with Children in Large Metropolitan Areas. Diversitydata.org Issue Brief: 2012.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Diversity and Geography of Opportunity For U.S. Children: Concepts, Measures and Early Findings." International Society of Child Indicators Annual Conference. York, UK. August 2011.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Equity in Early Opportunities to Learn: Examining the Roles of Place, Space, and Race - Exploratory Spatial Analysis of the Density of High-Quality Early Learning Centers, Neighborhood Opportunity and Racial Composition in Ohio and Massachusetts." Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank Policy Summit. Cleveland, OH. June, 2011.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Equity in Early Opportunities to Learn: Examining the Roles of Place, Space, and Race - Exploratory Spatial Analysis of the Density of High-Quality Early Learning Centers, Neighborhood Opportunity and Racial Composition in Selected U.S. States." Northeastern University Research & Scholarship Expo. Boston, MA. April 2011.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "High Quality Early Learning Centers in Low Opportunity Neighborhoods: An Exploratory Analysis of Spatial Patterns Associated with Center Locations in Massachusetts." Center for Geographic Analysis. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. January, 2011.
  • Hardy, Erin Flaherty. "Using National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data to Learn More about Diverse Learners in Michigan." First Annual Conference on Special Populations: Accelerating Student Achievement through Collaboration. Michigan Department of Education, Lansing, Michigan. September 2011.
  • McArdle, N., Osypuk, T., Hardy, E. & Acevedo-Garcia, D. Segregation Falls for Black Children in Most Metro Areas But Remains High; Fewer Metros Experience Declines for Latinos. Diversitydata.org Issue Brief: 2011.
  • Joshi, P., Hardy, E., & Hawkins, S. Final report: The role of religiosity in the lives of the low-income population: A comprehensive review of the evidence. Waltham, MA: RTI International Prepared for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE): 2009.
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Profile

Erin Hardy is a Fellow at the Institute for Child, Youth & Family Policy (ICYFP) at the Heller School for Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University. In her current role, Erin serves as Principal Investigator for the project, "Child-Focused Community Profiles of WKKF Priority Areas", a data research project for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Erin also serves as Research Director and Co-Investigator for the diversitydatakids.org Project--a project focused on using data to advance child wellbeing and racial/ethnic equity. She also serves as Co-Principal Investigator for the Evaluation of the Child Care Voucher Eligibility Reassessment Policy Change in Massachusetts, 2013 Child Care Research Partnership Grant (CCRPG) sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

Erin’s content and methodological expertise is in (i) how racial/ethnic stratification shapes children’s developmental contexts (neighborhoods, educational settings), access to opportunities, and outcomes, and relatedly, (ii) how to account for these connections in the analysis and development of U.S. social policies. Her work has a strong quantitative focus that blends a combination of measurement, evaluation, spatial statistics/Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and mixed-methods research expertise. Prior to Brandeis, Erin worked as a Fellow for the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University and as a Research Associate for RTI International conducting evaluation work for a federally-funded, community-based family strengthening initiative. Early in her career, Erin spent half a decade working in corporate and public finance investment banking serving Midwest private and public sector clients. Erin earned a Master of Science in Political Science at MIT and a BA in Government and Economics at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Most importantly, Erin is the proud mother of an exuberant eight-year old girl and three-year old boy.

 

Degrees

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S.

Wesleyan University
B.A.

Awards and Honors

  • (Inaugural) Heller School for Social Policy and Management (Brandeis University) Research Team Award, April 2016 (awarded to Heller/ICYFP research team working on federal Child Care Research Partnership Grant). (2016)
  • RTI International Internal Leadership Award (2008)

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