Research ScientistCompany: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Role: Session Presenter Session: Advancing Employment Equity through Leadership Transformation and an Online Dashboard: Lessons Learned from the Itasca Executive Cohort (S6-F)
Laura Schauben is a research scientist at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, with over 15 years of experience assisting foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies to define, measure, and increase their success through research and evaluation. Laura’s work at Wilder Research includes: building stakeholder investment in research, building client and community research knowledge and skills, creating research designs that capitalize on available resources, managing multi-funder and multi-site projects, implementing all aspects of research from the selection of key research questions through data collection and analysis, developing customized materials to summarize and highlight results, and supporting organizations to use and share their results for maximum impact.
Laura’s current work includes managing the data-related components of the Itasca Cohort. Previous to joining Wilder in 2004, she directed the Racial Disparity Initiative, leading research on racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Her projects included a statewide study on racial disparities in traffic stops in Minnesota.
Laura has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, and obtained her bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Brandeis University.