Marissa
Strassberger
Research Associate, Family Well-Being and Children’s Development Policy Area

Strassberger works in two roles: implementation researcher and data-collection manager. As an implementation researcher, she plans and executes qualitative implementation studies, designing protocols, conducting site visits, interviewing participants, and analyzing data. She currently works in this capacity on Head Start Connects, Higher Achievement, and Understanding Poverty. As a data-collection manager, she plans and directs large-scale data-collection efforts for MDRC’s randomized controlled trials, working with teams to design and select measures, leading data collector training sessions, and monitoring the collection of multiple types of data (classroom observations, parental consent forms, and child assessments). She currently works in this role on the Expanding Children’s Early Learning Network study and the Variations in Implementation of Quality Interventions study. She also designs and implements qualitative measures and analyzes the subsequent data for her work on measurement and implementation research teams. Before MDRC, Strassberger worked at Mathematica Policy Research on projects with policy implications in the international, health, early childhood, and disability fields. While in graduate school, she worked in Indonesia at Helen Keller International, using ethnography to review a program that increases access to education for children with disabilities. Strassberger earned an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in anthropology from Emory University.