David Murphey

David Murphey

Research Fellow and Director of the Child Trends DataBank, Philadelphia, PA

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Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan

David Murphey is a research fellow at Child Trends with expertise in selecting, developing, monitoring, and analyzing indicators of child and youth well-being at national, state, and local levels. David oversees the Child Trends DataBank, an online compendium of research-informed indicators of child well-being, and produces the Child Indicator newsletter a leading publication in the field.  He provides consultation on indicators work in association with a number of projects at Child Trends, and is familiar with a broad array of national, state, and local data sources, as well as with issues of data systems integration, data reporting issues, and effective communication of data.  Recently, David has developed guidance on indicator selection and analysis for a number of place-based planning efforts, including Promise Neighborhoods.  He has provided technical assistance to programs and agencies on logic-model development, performance management, and evaluation. David’s work has been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine, and other major media outlets.

Prior to his tenure at Child Trends, David worked for 15 years in state government, where he helped lead Vermont’s communities in adopting a results-based framework.  He holds Ph.D. (Developmental Psychology) and Master’s (Education) degrees from the University of Michigan.


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