Amy HilgendorfAssociate Director, Center for Community & Nonprofit Studies

I am a community-based researcher and evaluator. I work with community partners to answer research questions important to them and that will help create positive social change. Our teams utilize various social science methods and engage partners throughout the research process. We pride ourselves on making research meaningful and actionable to our community partners. We support other scholars at UW–Madison and beyond who care about community-based and action research.

I completed a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2011. As a former teacher, my research critically examined the interactions of families and schools across lines of race and socioeconomic class. Through a self-designed PhD minor in Engaged Scholarship, I built expertise in community-based and action-oriented research methods. Before coming to the CommNS, I worked as an evaluator at Kansas State University and an evaluation manager at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

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