- Food systems policy change
- Asset-based approaches to community development
- Public policy challenges
- Strategic learning for advancing innovative solutions to K-12 and higher education, public health, and criminal justice
Christopher Diaz is a Senior Researcher at Spark Policy Institute. He earned his PhD in political science from Texas A&M University and his B.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin. For the past twelve years, he has evaluated programs and provided technical assistance for two state legislatures, a university research institute, and various state and local agencies and nonprofits. His work has focused on several different policy areas, including K-12 education, higher education, community development, public health, and criminal justice. He is well-versed in both qualitative and quantitative methods and believes that the two approaches complement each other when used appropriately.
Dr. Diaz’s past projects have included an evaluation of Little Rock’s Neighborhood Alert Centers, an evaluation of the Arkansas Department of Health’s tobacco-cessation programs in substance abuse facilities, and a study on diversity, equity, and inclusion in Northwest Arkansas for the Walton Family Foundation/Walmart Foundation.
In his free time, Dr. Diaz enjoys hiking, homebrewing, and reading. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Loveland.