Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP)
Chief Evaluation Officer Demetra Smith Nightingale
Demetra Smith Nightingale is Chief Evaluation Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor. As the Chief Evaluation Officer, she is responsible for coordinating the Department's evaluation agenda and working with all agencies to design and implement evaluations. She is an expert in employment policy, workforce development, labor markets, and social policies and programs, and has conducted many evaluations of federal, state, and local programs aimed at increasing employment, skills, and income for workers and families.
Dr. Nightingale is the author or co-author of five books and dozens of articles. Her most recent books are Repairing the U.S. Social Safety Net (with Martha Burt) and Reshaping the American Workforce in a Changing Economy (with Harry Holzer). She is on leave from the Urban Institute where she is a Senior Fellow, directing many evaluations and research projects on employment, job training, social policy, and skills development.
She is also Adjunct Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University, teaching graduate courses in Program Evaluation. From 2002 to 2010, she was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University teaching courses in Applied Program Evaluation and in Social Policy, before returning to the Urban Institute where she had previously been for 29 years, and has also taught at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Marymount University. In addition to her research in the U.S., she has conducted studies in Argentina, Chile, Russia, and China. She is also Senior Research Affiliate with the Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, a senior research consultant with the World Bank, serves on many boards and task forces, and was an expert advisor to the White House Welfare Reform Working Group in 1992-93. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Public Policy, both from the George Washington University, and is a native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts.