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Dr. Fred Pampel has several decades of experience teaching, publishing, and conducting quantitative social research and program evaluations. His work focuses on data analytics and the design of methodologically sound evaluations. His clients include state government agencies, private companies, and nonprofit organizations looking to provide evidence on program effectiveness.
Before joining HMA Community Strategies (HMACS), Fred spent 27 years as a professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. His areas of expertise include population health, social inequality, and statistical analysis. He has taught undergraduate and graduate statistics courses, and is the author of 13 books, including Logistic Regression: A Primer, and more than 80 research articles. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Arnold Foundation.
Fred previously participated in the systematic evaluation of programs to improve the literacy of minority preschoolers, provide short-term counseling for government workers, reduce violence in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and reduce recidivism among youth and adults on probation.
Fred works on Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, a project that evaluates evidence on the effectiveness of social programs for children and youth. Blueprints runs a national clearinghouse and database for evidence-based programs that meet the highest standards of methodological adequacy and robust findings.
At HMA, Fred brings expertise in statistical methods and data analytics to multiple projects. He has worked on the evaluation of an integrated health care program, completing the statistical analysis of Medicaid cost savings. He has also conducted the statistical analysis for program evaluations of a wrap-around health-based service for children and of jail-based behavioral health services to reduce recidivism of inmates with substance abuse problems. The program evaluations involve validating and evaluating performance outcomes, developing measures and metrics for program services, estimating the program impact on participants, and assessing whether a program is achieving its desired impact.
Fred earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
With his wife Jane, Fred enjoys hiking and bike riding, traveling to Europe, and visiting three children and six grandchildren in Denver, Atlanta, and Portland.