Resource Development Associates

Amy Cole, Ph.D.

Program Associate

Amy is an interdisciplinary researcher with an emphasis on empowerment research. Her work integrates theory, methodology, and practice from diverse disciplinary perspectives to promote rigorous and responsive evaluation. She is passionate about the importance of systems integration and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations to advance knowledge and support vulnerable groups. At RDA, Amy uses her mixed methods and interdisciplinary experiences to assist in evaluation and planning, as well as data collection and analysis on a variety of projects.

Prior to working at RDA, Amy held faculty positions at Washington State University in both the College of Education and the College of Agricultural, Natural, and Human Resource Sciences, where she taught several courses in Human Development, including Family Policy, Adolescent Development, and Adult Development.


  • M.A. in Sport Management – Washington State University
  • Ph.D. in the Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program, with an emphasis in evaluation and empowerment research – Washington State University

Select Projects

  • AB 109 Evaluation (Santa Cruz County)
  • Assisted Outpatient Treatment Evaluation (Alameda County, Contra Costa County)
  • Child and Family Policy Institute of California Preventing and Addressing Child Trafficking Program Evaluation
  • Desert Regional Consortium Adult Education Block Grant Strategic Planning
  • Marin Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Alcohol and Other Drug Evaluation
  • New Haven Unified School District Race to the Top Grant Implementation Evaluation
  • Orange County SB 82 Triage Grant Evaluation
  • San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services San Jose Works 2.0 Evaluation
  • San Pablo Economic Development Corporation Strategic Planning
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