Jessica Goldberg, PhD, is a senior research fellow in the early childhood development research area at Child Trends and a research assistant professor at the Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research group (TIER), of the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Jess’s background is in child and family policy analysis, applied child development, and program evaluation, with a focus on home visiting and other family support programs, place-based initiatives, and systems-building projects. Jess has expertise in a range of evaluation methods, including mixed methods design, randomized controlled trials, observational studies, administrative data linking and management, and social network analysis. She is particularly interested in research that generates a deeper understanding of the community and policy contexts in which programs operate, and the processes by which policy priorities and program objectives are realized, challenged, and subverted during the day-to-day interactions between frontline program staff and families. Jess serves as a principal investigator on a number of home visiting evaluations, including a mixed methods evaluation of the Massachusetts Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MA MIECHV); a randomized, controlled trial of Healthy Families Massachusetts, and a municipal home visiting systems-building project. She also leads several evaluations of place-based initiatives, including a needs assessment and systems evaluation of a maltreatment prevention program and an evaluation of a two-generational family support program situated in housing developments. Earlier in her career, Jess worked with families and young children as a child care and elementary school teacher.
Jess holds a PhD in Child Development and an MA in Teaching from Tufts University, and a BA in English and Anthropology from Oberlin College.