Dr. Dallas J. Elgin

Dr. Dallas J. Elgin is a Research Associate at IMPAQ International. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs with an emphasis in Public Policy from the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs. Dr. Elgin has more than six years of professional experience in policy analysis and program evaluation within the public and private sectors. His research interests include policy analysis, program evaluation, the policy process, human services policy, and environmental and energy policy.

At IMPAQ, Dr. Elgin supports projects within IMPAQ’s Human Services and Labor Divisions. His responsibilities include developing research designs, data collection, utilizing econometric and mixed-methods research methodologies to conduct rigorous evaluations, and summarizing and communicating research findings. 

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Elgin served as a Senior Researcher at the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Welfare where he served as the state’s senior expert in internal and contracted program evaluation efforts. In that position, Dr. Elgin was responsible for conducting policy and program analyses and evaluations that examined the policy context, implementation, outcomes, and costs of human services programs. Dr. Elgin led the development of an extensive research project that utilized survival analysis methodology to examine the factors affecting the permanency outcomes for 5,700 legally free children and youth within the state of Colorado. The study’s findings were utilized to influence policy and practice and develop a predictive analytics models that was used to help identify children and youth at higher risk of emancipation and engage stakeholders in discussions about the pertinent policies, practices, and resources that could be leveraged to help obtain permanency. Dr. Elgin’s professional experience also includes extensive experience related to climate, energy and environmental policy and he has conducted rigorous policy analysis and program evaluations for federal, state, and local clients.

Dr. Elgin has extensive experience and training in using quantitative, mixed methods, and qualitative methodologies to study the impacts of public policies and programs. He is proficient in using STATA and SPSS to manage and analyze large policy-focused datasets. His policy-focused research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including: Public Administration, Review of Policy Research, Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, and Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, among others.       

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Elgin, D. (2017, March). Revisiting the Centralization-Decentralization Debate: An Empirical Study of the Effect of Centralized and Decentralized Administrative Systems on the Outcomes of Foster Care Children. Presentation at the American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.