Victoria (Tora) Frank, Research Associate

Victoria (Tora) FrankDuring her AmeriCorps service Tora Frank experienced firsthand the challenges of program implementation and the outcomes solid programming could generate. Her desire to discover “what works” in a scientific sense was born.  Tora’s commitment to youth and community development led to a career that melds social policy and program evaluation.

Tora earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, honed her evaluation skills at the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, and gained program experience at the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges.  Now a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work and a pre-doctoral fellow in the prestigious Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences, Tora brings a decade of research and analytical experience to her work at Barbara Goldberg & Associates.

Tora conducts feasibility studies, designs and administers surveys, and co-authors evaluations of public and private education programs. Her experience and training enable Tora to apply the most appropriate statistical, qualitative, and mixed methods to each project. Her research focuses on factors affecting post-secondary enrollment and success of low-income students and on community-based efforts to support these students in the pursuit of higher education.  Tora has been a research associate at Barbara Goldberg & Associates since 2005.

"I seek to balance my commitment and dedication to practical, applied research that is relevant to practitioners and my drive to understand 'what works' in a scientific sense. The drive to find this balance is rooted in my experience as an AmeriCorps volunteer, where I saw firsthand the challenges and joys of implementing specific programs while, simultaneously, wanting to understand more broadly the outcomes resulting from those programs."
Victoria Frank, Research Associate, Barbara Goldberg & Associates