Jennifer Hawes-Dawson

Jennifer Hawes-Dawson
Senior Survey Director, RAND Survey Research Group
Off Site Office


B.A. in sociology, Goucher College


Jennifer Hawes-Dawson (she/her) is an adjunct senior survey director in the RAND Survey Research Group (SRG) with more than 40 years experience managing primary data collection projects. She is experienced with all modes of quantitative and qualitative data collection: mail, telephone, face-to-face, and web surveys; computer-based interviewing methods (CAPI, A-CASI, CATI); focus groups; cognitive interviewing; case studies; record abstractions; neighborhood observations; anthropometric and clinical measurements; and educational testing. Since coming to RAND, she has managed more than 40 surveys with diverse military and civilian populations to support evaluations of school and community-based interventions and research on a variety of public policy issues for diverse clients. She has extensive survey expertise in the following areas: school-based data collection; surveying educators, military personnel, and military families; community-based participatory research (CBPR); conducting research with religious leaders and congregants; field data collection; and longitudinal/panel studies. Hawes-Dawson provides technical assistance and consultation on survey design and implementation issues as well as planning and proposal support to RAND researchers across departments.  She received her B.A. in Sociology from Goucher College.

Recent Projects

  • Health and Faith Partnership to Address Disparities in South LA
  • Expansion of the RAND American Teacher & School Leader Online Panels
  • Health-Related Behaviors Survey of Military Personnel & DoD Women's Health Survey & DoD Sexual Harassment and Assault Survey
  • Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative - Web Surveys of School and OST Staff
  • Parishes & Parks: A Church-Based Intervention to Promote Physical Activity among Latino Congregants

Selected Publications

Hawes-Dawson J, Derose KP, Auñon F, Domínguez BX, Felton A,Mata M, Oden CW, Paffen S., "Achieving broad participation in congregational health surveys at African American and Latino churches," Field Methods, 29, 2017

Bogart, LM, Elliott MN, Cowgill BO, Klein DJ, Hawes-Dawson J, Uyeda K, Schuster MA, "Two-year BMI outcomes from a school-based intervention for nutrition and exercise: a randomized trial," Pediatrics, 137, 2016

Bogart LM, Cowgill BO, Elliott MN, Klein DJ, Hawes-Dawson J, Uyeda K, Elijah J, Binkle DG, Schuster, MA, "Students for Nutrition and eXercise (SNaX): A community-based participatory research study," Journal of Adolescent Health, 2011

Necheles J, Chung E, Hawes-Dawson J, Ryan G, Williams S, Holmes H, Wells KB, Vaiana ME, "The Teen Photovoice Project: A Pilot Study to Promote Health through Advocacy," Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 1(221-229), 2007

Derose KP, Fox SA, Reigadas E, Hawes-Dawson J., "Church-based telephone mammography counseling with peer counselors," Journal of Health Communications, 5(175-88), 2000

Derose KP, Hawes-Dawson J, Fox SA, Maldonado N, Tatum A, Kington R, "Dealing with diversity: recruiting churches and women for a randomized trial of mammography promotion," Health Education and Behavior, 27(632-48), 2000

Cunningham WE, Burton TM, Hawes-Dawson J, Kington RS, Hays RD., "Use of relevancy ratings by target respondents to develop health-related quality of life measures: an example with African-American elderly," Quality of Life Research, 8(749-68), 1999

Ellickson PL, Hawes JA, "An assessment of active versus passive methods for obtaining parental consent," Evaluation Review, 12(1), 1989