Brandon Coffee-Borden, is a senior research scientist at NORC. He has a passion for supporting efforts to create conditions where children and youth can thrive as well as understanding how to shape more equitable and healthy communities. He has methodological expertise in evaluating the implementation and outcomes of systems change and place-based efforts to enhance child and youth development and advance racial and health equity. This work has spanned the areas of youth mentoring, youth violence prevention; health disparities and social determinants of health, early childhood education, juvenile justice reform, education reform, prevention and treatment of adverse childhood experiences, community ownership and wealth-building, and workforce development. He has worked with nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies to build their capacity to translate data, research, and evaluation into actionable improvements in strategies focused on policy and systems change; community engagement, organizing, and advocacy; leadership development; community strengthening and resilience; and inter-organizational collaboration and network-building.
Prior to joining NORC, Coffee-Borden was a managing associate with Community Science where he provided research, evaluation, and capacity-building services. He served as project director for the evaluation of the Barr Foundation’s work to support leadership development and improve organizational capacity within public agencies, for-profit social enterprises, faith-based organizations, and nonprofits in Greater Boston. He served as co-project director for the evaluation design of the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Competition, a multi-community strategy to enhance youth mentoring and violence prevention efforts and produce systems changes to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color. He served as deputy project director for the evaluation of the Walton Family Foundation’s community engagement, community organizing, and advocacy strategy to build resident power and produce policy change to improve access to high quality education. He served as deputy project director for a collaborative effort with YMCA of the USA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a theory of change to articulate YMCAs’ contribution to stronger communities and a research study to document how YMCAs contribute to stronger communities through interorganizational partnerships. He was deputy project director for an evaluation of the Office of Minority Health’s National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, an initiative to eliminate health disparities and advance health equity through the coordination of committed organizations and stakeholders. He also provided evaluation capacity building services to community-based organizations as part of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s place-based work in New Orleans, LA and Mississippi. Coffee-Borden also worked at Mathematica Policy Research as an evaluator on several federal and foundation projects focused on systems change, child development, family support, maternal and child health, education, youth employment, and foster youth.
He is a past program co-chair of the Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association from 2015 to 2018.