Resource Development Associates

David McCahon, Ph.D.

Program Analyst

David has a background in public policy and criminal justice and has extensive experience identifying critical barriers formerly incarcerated individuals face during the reintegration process. At RDA, he works on several criminal justice projects as a lead quantitative analyst and content expert. He uses advanced statistical models and spatial analysis to determine the impact of justice programs on a variety of stakeholder identified outcomes. In addition to his quantitative expertise, David has extensive experience conducting qualitative research, including semi-structured interviews and focus groups with justice involved individuals.

Prior to joining RDA, David was a Haynes Lindley Research Fellow and worked with the Riverside County Probation Department where he was the lead evaluator in an assessment of the Riverside County Day Reporting Center. As a Research Fellow and Graduate Student Researcher at the University of California Riverside, he participated in several reentry focused probation studies as well as a multiple year examination of police community relations in the Coachella Valley, CA that successfully identified promising practices for policing immigrant destination cities. His work has been published in criminal justice journals such as the Probation Journal. David has served honorably in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Naval Reserve where he worked in the fields of emergency response and military intelligence.


  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science – University of California, Riverside

Select Projects

  • AB 109 Evaluation (Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Sonoma County)
  • Mental Health Services Act Innovation Program Evaluation (Kings County, Marin County)
  • Los Angeles Probation Governance Model Assessment
  • Los Angeles Public Defender Client Assessment, Recommendation, and Evaluation (CARE) Project Evaluation
  • Oakland Measure Z Police Services Evaluation
  • San Jose Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Evaluation