April Dawn Allen
April Allen is a Visiting Scholar at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and Vice President of Innovation and Strategy at Educational Results Partnership (ERP), a nonprofit that works with educational and business leaders to improve student outcomes from pre-kindergarten through career. In this role, she leads projects related to closing equity gaps for foster youth, students of color, and youth in high-poverty areas. Dr. Allen's work over the past decade has focused on using data to drive policy and practice improvements in human service systems. Prior professional experiences include serving as a Data Driven Practice Advisor at Casey Family Programs, Director of Policy and Planning at the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and a Program and Community Partnership Manager at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Allen holds a PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University. Her dissertation focused on the effect of policy mandates requiring referral of maltreated children to Part C Early Intervention services and local best practices that contributed to high rates of referral to and engagement of child welfare-involved families in services. Current research interests include the use of data and research by human services organizations, identification and implementation of evidence-informed programs for vulnerable children and families, and policies and programs that support healthy development and improved educational outcomes for children involved with the child welfare system.