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Chris Ellis

Senior Survey Director


BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Chris Ellis is an expert in business-establishment surveys and multimode data collection. He has a special interest in research on criminal justice and law enforcement, serving as project director for the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program, which collects information on inmate deaths from every prison system and local jail in the United States. He has also contributed to projects related to law enforcement in schools, prisoner re-entry, homeland security, elections, drug abuse, and other social issues.

Mr. Ellis serves as one of two administrative supervisors for research professionals in the Program for Workforce and Organizational Effectiveness. The program helps public- and private-sector clients evaluate corporate and employee programs, collect data from and about various organizations, and improve organizational effectiveness through theoretical and applied research.

Since arriving at RTI in 1991, Mr. Ellis has served in a variety of roles in survey research. He is a member of the Southern Association for Public Opinion Research and the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

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