Dallas Elgin has more than 13 years of professional experience in public policy analysis and program evaluation. His research employs experimental, quasi-experimental, and mixed-methods research designed to examine human services programs’ effectiveness, efficiency, and equity. Dr. Elgin has also led studies focusing on an array of human services, including child welfare, food assistance, housing, and behavioral health
Currently, Dr. Elgin is the co-principal investigator on three experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of child welfare and home visiting interventions. These evaluations are designed to improve outcomes for families involved with or at-risk of entering the child welfare system.
Since joining RTI in 2021, Dr. Elgin led an experimental evalution of peer support groups for parents involved in the child welfare system due to substance abuse. He also led two quasi-experimental evaluations of children intervention in multiple systems and a state home visiting program.
In addition to his current projects, Dr. Elgin led studies focusing on various human services on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and multiple state human service agencies. He previously served as a senior researcher at the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Dr. Elgin is a What Works Clearinghouse Certified Reviewer in Group Design Standards (Version 4.1). He also is certified in the Colorado Child Welfare Training System – New Caseworker Training Academy. Dr. Elgin is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management.