Chandria Jones

Chandria D. Jones is a senior research scientist in the Public Health Department at NORC. Jones is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who focuses on leveraging youth and community voice for systems change, social justice, and health equity. She conducts research and evaluation in the areas of behavioral health, homelessness, obesity, health disparities, health communication, and evidence-based practices.

With an emphasis on culturally responsive and equitable evaluation, Jones brings a lens of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion to her work with a particular commitment to use-oriented research and evaluation. Her research examines social and environmental determinants of health for vulnerable populations such as racial and ethnic minorities, low-income youth and families, and individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Initiative project, Implementation of Evidence-Informed Behavioral Health Models to Improve HIV Health Outcomes for Black Men who have Sex with Men. In this role, she oversees a comprehensive and culturally responsive, mixed-method, multisite evaluation that includes providing technical assistance (TA) to eight Initiative demonstration sites and disseminating Initiative evaluation findings and lessons learned to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program community.

On the Performance Improvement Management System for the Office of Minority Health (OMH), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Jones is leading a task to conduct a series of case studies to better understand how partnerships have contributed to achieving key public health outcomes. She is also working with the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to develop a training program to explore how to encourage the use of collaborative, adaptive resources to place equity, diversity, and inclusion at the center of scalable solutions targeting systemic change.

Before coming to NORC, Jones was a senior study director at Westat leading research and evaluations for federal agencies and foundations. Jones applied culturally responsive and equitable evaluation approaches working with racial and ethnically diverse communities as Principal Investigator for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2Success Outcome Evaluation. She also spent several years working as Project Manager for the Children’s Mental Health Initiative National Evaluation for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In her work, Jones provided a systems perspective to examining social, cultural, and physical environments in which people live, which either encourage or inhibit opportunities for health, mental health, and well-being.

Jones is an alum of the Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity program, which is an evaluation training program designed to develop a pathway for diverse leaders in culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE) who will advance the field of evaluation, She is a member of the Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network. Jones has presented at national and international conferences such as the American Evaluation Association, American Public Health Association, and the International Congress on Public Health sponsored by the World Federation of Public Health.

Jones is an adjunct professor for the University of Maryland School of Public Health in the Public Health Science program and an invited lecturer for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science.