Shana M. Brown is a Senior Research Director in the Education and Child Development Studies department. Her primary areas of expertise are multi-mode longitudinal data collection efforts (Web-based, Mail with CADE, and CATI) and large-scale, nationally representative school-based studies.
In her over fifteen years at NORC, Brown has developed data collection protocols for large-scale, multi-mode survey efforts, including locating, contacting schedules (including telephone, mailing, and email contacts), data retrieval of critical items, incentive distribution, collection of extant documents and data, and contacting experiments. On her projects, she has led the development of Web-based, CADE, and CATI survey instruments in addition to complementary integrated case management systems, including receipt control and locating interfaces. Brown has managed extensive occupation, IPEDS, and "other specify" coding operations which utilize ancillary questionnaire data and previous survey round responses. Having worked on a number of federally-funded studies, Brown has experience with the preparation of OMB packages, as well as internal IRB submissions. In her work on school-based studies, Brown has been integral in the sampling process, both at the institutional and individual levels, and understands the complexity of district cooperation in order to survey school-level respondents.
Since 2005, Brown has served as Associate Project Director of the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR), a biennial, NSF-sponsored study of the career paths of doctorate holders. As this longitudinal study is fully tri-mode, with Web, Mail survey, and CATI components in addition to an extensive locating effort before and during survey data collection, she understands the challenges of surveys with multiple data collection modes and maintaining a sample over time. The SDR is made up of U.S.-trained doctorate recipients who are now located across the globe and incorporates an adaptive design to appropriately manage the volume of sample members (120,000). Brown has played a major role on such significant, longitudinal education studies as the National Longitudinal Study of No Child Left Behind (NLS-NCLB) and the National Longitudinal Evaluation of Comprehensive School Reform (NLECSR). Each of these studies, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, surveyed a wide range of educational players. In addition, she served as Project Director for the District Survey component of the Texas Public Education Cuts Impact Assessment as well as Associate Project Director for the Youth Culture Survey, a national RDD survey sponsored by the University of Chicago, which explored the opinions of youths and young adults as part of the larger Black Youth Project.