Anne J. Atkinson, Ph. D., President and Founder, PolicyWorks, Ltd. Email: AJAtkinson@policyworksltd.org
Dr. Atkinson founded PolicyWorks, Ltd. in 1995 after having served as an administrator in both school division and juvenile court settings and earlier in the field of child welfare – experiences that gave her great insight into not only the complex human challenges that these systems seek to address but the ways that organizations can promote (or retard) effective policies and practices.
Numerous projects for which PolicyWorks has provided services largely reflect the nexus of justice, child welfare, and education.
Dr. Atkinson has a keen interest in bridging the gap between research and practice and in making the best-available information from research more understandable and available to decision makers and front-line professionals. Experiences in assisting state officials led Dr. Atkinson to further expand the range of services of PolicyWorks, Ltd. from program evaluation and policy research to developing highly customized publications and training curricula designed to build the capacity of local policy makers and front-line professionals to implement effective, evidence-based practices.