Dr. Tim Ross is the founder and managing partner of Action Research, a firm that conducts research, evaluation and policy analysis to improve human services.  An applied researcher with over 20 years of experience, Tim has expertise in social services including child welfare, youth services, and service integration.   Prior to founding Action Research, he directed the child welfare program and the parenting and family dynamics group at Child Trends. In his ten years at the Vera Institute, he evaluated several demonstration programs, supervised a 25 person research staff as Vera’s Research Director, and was named the first Vera Affiliated Scholar. He chairs the Good Shepherd Services Evaluation Advisory Board and is a past member of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (NYC-ACS) Commissioners Advisory Board and the NYC ACS Planning Group.

Dr. Ross has consulted for several national foundations, including Casey Family Programs, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, directed projects in several states, and teaches research methods at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. The author of numerous reports, articles and book chapters, Dr. Ross’s book Child Welfare: The Challenges of Collaboration focused on the intersection of child welfare and other human services in New York City.  He is a graduate of Williams College and received his doctorate in government and politics from the University of Maryland.