PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Paige M. Harrison Appointed Director of Research and Data Analytics
Released December 16, 2015
OLYMPIA – The Department of Corrections has announced the appointment of Dr. Paige M. Harrison to the position of Director of Research and Data Analytics. Dr. Harrison’s appointment is effective January 11, 2016.
The position oversees the Department’s Data Analytics, Research, Business Intelligence and Strategic Operations functions and reports to the Deputy Secretary.
Dr. Harrison comes to DOC from NPC Research, an evaluation firm in Portland, Oregon, where she manages process, outcome, and cost evaluation projects. Her projects include specialty courts (drug courts, reentry courts, and family courts), child welfare programs (such as Healthy Start), and innovative probation practices (such as SMART). These studies involve working with entities across the criminal justice system to collect data from arrest to post-custody supervision to identify best practices, measure program impact, and assess taxpayer value for funding specific programs.
Prior to NPC Research, Dr. Harrison worked as a statistician and project manager for various collections at the Bureau of Justice Statistics from 2000 to 2012. Her collection responsibilities included the National Prisoner Statistics, the National Inmate Survey, the National Survey of Youth in Custody, and the National Former Prisoner Survey. She helped develop, test, and implement multiple large-scale data collections under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), and coordinated data analysis and subsequent reports. She worked closely with prison, jail, and juvenile justice administrators, data providers, expert researchers, and other stakeholders across the nation to produce meaningful measures and analyses using both administrative and interview-based data. Her areas of expertise include trends in correctional populations, sexual victimization of inmates and juveniles in residential facilities, the prevalence and treatment of inmate substance abuse and mental health, and recidivism of released offenders.
“Dr. Harrison’s experience in these areas will be an asset to the Department as we continue to focus on using data to inform decision making,” said Deputy Secretary Dr. Jody Becker-Green. “Data is essential to effectively manage our resources and ensure we are implementing programs and policies that increase our ability to achieve our mission of improving public safety. To do this well, we must be organized in our approach and ensure we coordinate between divisions. I am eager to see the insight Dr. Harrison’s experience will bring to refining these processes for the Department.”
Dr. Harrison earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from Ohio University, a Master’s in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University, and completed her doctoral degree from American University in Law, Justice, and Society.