Melanie
Skemer
Research Associate

Skemer’s research focuses on evaluations of programs and policies targeting individuals involved in the criminal justice system, noncustodial parents, and disadvantaged young people. She plays a central role in multiple aspects of the process and impact evaluation of New York City’s Supervised Release program, a bail alternative intended to ensure defendants’ appearance in court while maintaining public safety and reducing the use of pretrial detention. Skemer also serves as the project manager and data manager for the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt evaluation, a random assignment study testing new approaches to working with noncustodial parents who have fallen behind in their child support payments. Additionally, Skemer is the data manager for the evaluation of the PACE Center for Girls, a school-based, gender-responsive program offering academic and social services to middle and high school-age girls in Florida who are at risk of delinquency or other poor outcomes. Across these projects, Skemer’s contributions include managing the acquisition, processing, and analysis of multiple data sources; designing survey instruments; developing analysis plans; collecting qualitative data via on-site observations, interviews, and focus groups; coauthoring reports; and presenting project findings to various audiences. Skemer’s past projects include the Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration, the Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration, the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation, and the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)-SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Disability Transition Project. Skemer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of California-Irvine.