Melissa S. Kovacs, Ph.D.,has numerous years of experience with statistical and data analysis and specialties in social policy. She has experience in the business, government, academic, and non-profit sectors, having held research positions in the high-tech, public health, and education industries and in local government. She has held faculty positions at Arizona State University, Allegheny College, and the Universitat Duisburg-Essen in Essen, Germany. She has practical work experience as a Congressional staffer, social worker, and public accountant.
In her free time, Melissa runs, swims, practices yoga, and takes her four-legged love to the dog park in South Scottsdale. She also helps light the path out of homelessness through her seat on the Board of Directors for the Lodestar Day Resource Center.
FirstEval, LLC provides data and statistical analysis, nonpartisan public policy and economic research, litigation support services, and objective program evaluation services for businesses, nonprofit organizations, government, and community-based organizations.
FirstEval is led by Melissa Kovacs, Ph.D. and based in Scottsdale, AZ, serving the U.S.
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FirstEval offers experience in the following areas:
- Statistical analyses
- Data management and mining
- Comprehensive market research support
- Policy memo writing
- Research planning and study design
- Statistical analyses for litigation support
- Econometric modeling
- Analysis of U.S. Census data
- Inclusion of macroeconomic indicators in data
- Program evaluation
FirstEval former and current clients include:
- Ideas Collide Marketing and Communications
- Read Better Be Better
- Morrison Institute for Public Policy
- Science Foundation Arizona
- Maricopa County, AZ
- Regan Butcher
- Data in Action / DNA Global
- Santosha Creative
- Cisco Systems
- Snell and Wilmer
- Navigate Research
- Arizona State University
- First Things First
- Allegheny College
- Mesa Center for the Arts
- Camp Make Believe
Pro Bono work has benefitited:
- Lodestar Day Resource Center
- Madison Street Veterans’ Association
- St. Vincent de Paul of St. Joseph County
- MAG Maricopa Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness
- PhXX/Empowered Phoenix
- Raising Special Kids
Following is a list of her publications:
- “IT Organization Skills: Critical Nontechnical Skills,” with Cushing Anderson, IDC, May, 2013.
- “IT Organization Skills: Demand and Change in the Era of the 3rd Platform,” with Cushing Anderson, IDC, May, 2013.
- “A Nationwide Look at the Introductory American Government Course,” chapter in Teaching Matters: Strategy and Tactics to Engage Students in the Study of American Politics, ed. Dan Shea, Pearson Books, 2010.
- “Learning to Participate: The Effects of Civic Education on Racial/Ethnic Minorities,” National Political Science Review, vol. 12, 2008.
- “The Solution Down the Hall” with Dan Shea, Inside Higher Ed, November 6, 2007.
- “Political Participation and Service-Learning: Civic Education as Problem and Solution,” chapter in The Fountain of Youth: Strategies and Tactics to Mobilize Young Voters, eds. Dan Shea and John C. Green, Roman and Littlefield, 2006.
- “The Effects of Civic Education on Civic Skills,” Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) fact sheet, 2005.
- “Civic Education: Required.” Georgetown Public Policy Review, vol. 10 no. 2, Spring 2005
- “Civics Curriculum and Civic Skills: Recent Evidence,” Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) fact sheet, 2003.
- “Characteristics of Group Membership Among Young People,” Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) fact sheet, 2003.
- “Group Membership and Group Involvement Among Young People,” Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) fact sheet, 2003.