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|Graduate Degree: Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: Amherst College
Area of Interest: Performance Management Issues
Mentors: Amy Dain, Dain Research and Devin Quirk Department of Neighborhood Development
Agency: SomerStat Office, City of Somerville
Supervisor: Daniel Hadley, Director of SomerStat
Project Description: This summer, Rohan worked in Somerville for the Mayor's Office of Innovation and Analytics, otherwise known as SomerStat. The division handles the city's performance management, which allows staff to coordinate initiatives using data and coordinated teamwork. Rohan worked on a variety of data-related projects: he investigated the possibility of using behavioral economics and randomized experiments to improve parking citation collection rates; he researched and drafted an open data ordinance; and he evaluated research on casinos' economic impact.
Rohan says: "The Rappaport Fellowship was the ideal introduction to work in the public sector. No other opportunity would give you access to daily staff meetings and the chance to dive deeply into a particular policy problem. In addition, the Rappaport alumni network allows fellows to tap into an incredible wealth of knowledge and contacts. I learned so much about operations, data analysis and management, and I have a better idea of which policy areas interest me."