George Lucas Educational Foundation
D. Max Crowley profile

D. Max Crowley

Assistant Professor

Dr. Crowley is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and an expert in economic evaluation and is engaged in multiple efforts to understand the value of investing in social and emotional development. He has conducted cost, cost-effectiveness and benefit-cost analyses of numerous program—many of which are delivered in education contexts. He leads the NIH supported Prevention Economics Planning and Research network and oversees the economic evaluation unit at Penn State’s Prevention Research Center. His research focuses primarily on (1) strengthening economic evaluations of preventive interventions, (2) facilitating evidence-based policy-making through strategic investments in preventive services, and (3) evaluating the utility of performance-based financing to access new resources for improving health. Dr. Crowley has received numerous national awards recognizing this work and he chairs the Society for Prevention Research’s Taskforce on Economic Analyses of Prevention, in an external reviewer for the Washington State Institute for Public Policy’s Cost-Benefit model and sits on the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on The Use of Economic Evidence to Inform Investment in Children Youth and Families. This research is funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institute of Child Development as well as the Doris Duke and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations. Dr. Crowley teaches courses and workshops on social policy and finance, research methods and program evaluation, and the use of evidence for public policy.

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