Faculty & Staff

Donna Haig Friedman, PhD

Senior Research Fellow, Center for Social Policy
McCormack Graduate School
Research Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs


photo of Donna  Friedman

Areas of Expertise

Reshaping poverty policy, family homelessness , homeless prevention


PhD, Brandeis University, Social Policy

Additional Information

Since 2000, Donna Haig Friedman has led CSP’s team in its applied research and evaluation work in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the United States. Throughout her career, Friedman has managed and delivered human services, analyzed welfare and homelessness social policies, evaluated government and NGO social policy innovations, and implemented models of consumer involvement in social service and social policy planning.

Friedman is the author of Parenting in Public: Family Shelter and Public Assistance (Columbia University Press, 2000).  She has also penned ten other refereed chapters or articles and over 25 commissioned papers and project reports. She is the principal investigator of the citywide Thrive in 5 Evaluation and co-director, with Michael Stone, of the center’s work as evaluation, policy and analytical partner with the Boston Foundation’s Fairmont Corridor Initiative. In her faculty work, she teaches qualitative research methods and regularly serves as advisor to public policy and public affairs candidates in their dissertation and thesis projects.

Teaching in the Public Policy PhD Program:

Qualitative Research Methods

Teaching in the Public Affairs MSPA Program:


Link: Center for Social Policy