Heinrich Hock, PhD, has joined Westat as a Principal Research Associate for Education Studies. For over 18 years, he has conducted rigorous studies on education, career readiness, job training, and social insurance. Hock’s work focuses on identifying effective solutions for improving outcomes among underserved groups and helping policymakers and public program staff access, understand, and build on evidence-based results.
At Westat, Hock is contributing to a U.S. Department of Education (ED) study of reclassification policies for English learners. Previously, he designed ED-funded randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to test the effects of new supports for transition-age youth with disabilities and adult education instructors. He is also contributing to Westat’s labor and workforce development research, building on over a decade of work for the U.S. Department of Labor, the Social Security Administration, and other funders. This work has considered employment and training outcomes of dislocated workers, jobseekers with disabilities, low-income women, veterans, and youth with disabilities, among other groups; and used RCT, quasi-experimental, and descriptive designs to meet funders’ needs for actionable information.