Senior Research Associate

Sara McCormick is a senior research associate with a background in facilitation, training, program evaluation, needs assessment, project implementation and management, and data analysis.

Ms. McCormick has served as the principal investigator on a number of research projects, most recently establishing and administering the evaluation component of the six-state ASPIRE project. ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment) utilizes experimental design to evaluate the impacts of additional services on the education and employment outcomes of young people who currently receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Ms. McCormick’s role involves overseeing the evaluation team at three universities, designing and implementing a complex custom database for administering and tracking participants, navigating the complexities of IRB approval at multiple locations, and establishing recruitment and case management protocols.

She is the published author of “Supporting Work Effort of SSDI Beneficiaries: Implementation of Benefit Offset Pilot Demonstration” in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies (May 2011) and “The Impact of a Written Benefits Analysis by Utah Benefit Counseling/WIPA program on Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes” in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (2013).

Ms. McCormick earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of California – Davis and her Master of Public Administration at the University of Utah. Prior to her work at the University of Utah, Ms. McCormick gained experience in government, nonprofits, and for-profit entities leading research projects involving focus group design, facilitation, and analysis.