Melanie
Skemer
Research Associate

Skemer’s research focuses on evaluations of programs and policies targeted to 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 reduce the use of pretrial detention and reliance on money bail while ensuring defendants’ appearance in court and maintaining public safety. Skemer also serves as the project manager for the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt demonstration, a random assignment study testing new approaches to working with noncustodial parents who have fallen behind in their child support payments. Across these projects, Skemer’s responsibilities include project management; handling the acquisition, processing, and analysis of multiple data sources; research design; development of survey instruments; impact analysis; collection of qualitative data via on-site observations, interviews, and focus groups; report writing; and presentation of research findings to various audiences. Her previous projects include the Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration, the Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration, the Evaluation of the PACE Center for Girls, the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation, the TANF-SSI Disability Transition Project, and the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection Formative Implementation Evaluation. Skemer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of California-Irvine.