Research Associate

Samantha W. Ball is a research associate at the Policy Institute where she provides research, analysis, facilitation, and instruction on a range of subjects including deliberative democracy, leadership, and health and human service programs.

Dr. Ball is involved in advancing informed non-partisan public deliberation on policy issues through the Policy Institute’s role as a Kettering Foundation Center for Public Life. Dr. Ball is also an instructor for the LeadNOW adaptive leadership training, which provides participants with skills and strategies to become leaders in their organizations and communities. Her work with informed public deliberation builds upon her published research on the potential impact of educational and deliberative forums on public opinion and policy-making. Previous Policy Institute work has focused on Utah State health and human service needs such as a process evaluation for the Healthy Child Care Initiative; a five-year strategic plan for the Utah Department of Health Immunization Program; school, health system, and environmental policy agendas for Utah Department of Health’s asthma program; and an analysis of diabetes reporting on death certificates.

Dr. Ball holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Utah.  Prior to working at the Policy Institute, Dr. Ball worked in Washington DC as a Congressional legislative assistant, a program analyst and the Department of Education and at the Department of Health and Human Services.  She is also an adjunct instructor in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Utah.