Israel specializes in the start-up of new programming in the context of rigorous evaluations through collaborations between researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. She has worked with programs that serve fathers, new mothers and their infants, young adults disconnected from school and work, adults with disabilities, and families on public assistance. In addition, her experience with child support, prisoner reentry, and public assistance agencies gives her broad perspective on the systems that wrap around low-income families.
Most recently, as codirector of Building Bridges and Bonds, she led an examination of Responsible Fatherhood services to understand program innovations and needs. As a result, her team is guiding six fatherhood programs in rigorously testing three new program approaches for fathers and their children. Israel also works on an evaluation examining a procedural justice approach for child support offices, and with fatherhood and healthy marriage and relationship education service providers as a member of the training and technical assistance team for the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood program, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance. She codirected site engagement on two large-scale national evaluations that include some of the most promising models serving pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants, the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) and MIHOPE-Strong Start. Previously, she was codirector for site recruitment on the YouthBuild Evaluation. She has experience providing technical assistance to programs as they implement program enhancements, performing qualitative analyses, and leading research staff as a budget and work-plan manager.
In between her two tenures at MDRC, Israel gained experience in survey design and data collection at NORC (the National Opinion Research Center). She has a BA from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy.