Dionne Barnes-Proby

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Senior Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


D.P.A. in public administration, University of La Verne; M.S.W. in policy, planning, and administration, Loma Linda University; B.A. in psychology and black studies, Pitzer College


Dionne Barnes-Proby is a senior policy analyst at RAND. She studied multi-sector partnerships using social network analysis in her doctoral program in Public Administration. In addition, she has been a child welfare social worker for many years. Her experience includes direct clinical practice with at-risk children as a foster care social worker and research including juvenile justice, education, mental health, health, welfare reform, and substance abuse. Barnes-Proby has been the lead project manager for several projects at RAND. For example, she serves as the primary RAND point of contact for the program sites, providing technical assistance and guidance to the sites, providing information on process and outcome evaluation operations, mediating communication between the programs and RAND research staff, facilitating the delivery of program site deliverables, and processing program site inquiries regarding data collection requirements. In addition, she facilitated the development of the data collection training manuals and conducted data collection trainings with the program sites. Barnes-Proby also coordinated and conducted annual site visits for the program sites.  She has expertise in qualitative methodology including: developing data collection instruments and protocols, conducting in-depth field and phone interviews, facilitating focus groups, coding, analyzing, and synthesizing data, and managing field operations. Other specific projects include an evaluation of correctional education programs, implementation and evaluation of CBITS for youth in foster care, an evaluation of welfare reform throughout California, an assessment of juvenile justice programs in Los Angeles County, and an assessment of young homeless women transitioning into adulthood.

Recent Projects

  • National Evaluation of Safe Start Promising Approaches
  • Improving Education for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles
  • CBITS for Youth in Foster Care
  • Evaluation and Research Services Relating to the Connections to Care Initiative
  • Evaluation of SB 1041 Reforms to California's CalWORKs Program

Honors & Awards

  • Impact Award, Lisa Jaycox and Dana Schultz, RAND
  • On the Spot Award, Suzanne Wenzel, RAND