Since joining the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment in 2000, Rachel Thelin has assisted a variety of nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies with program evaluation, survey design and implementation, and data analysis. She has applied her research skills in a number of areas including criminal justice program assessment, quality of life issues, reentry program evaluation, the impact of faith-based organizations, and substance abuse topics.
Recently, she assisted the Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Project Safe Neighborhood in evaluating the impact of the Choices program, an initiative targeted at young women at risk of being incarcerated. She is currently working with the Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative in Indianapolis to evaluate 1) reentry program efforts aimed at assisting formerly incarcerated individuals to avoid criminal activity and gang involvement, and 2) prevention and intervention programming focused on reducing youth gang activity. She has also partnered with the Marion County Reentry Court in conducting a baseline program assessment. In 2009, she was part of a Center team that assisted Montgomery County, Ohio through a series of facilitated discussions aimed at developing recommendations and strategies to address growing local government budget constraints.
Other organizations she has worked with while at the Center include the Ford Foundation, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indy Reads, and Young Audiences. Her previous experience includes serving with a variety of nonprofit organizations and social service agencies in the United States and South Africa.
Ms. Thelin holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Goshen College and a master’s in international studies from the University of Denver.