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Qiduan Liu, PhD

Making Change Happen

Major service providers rely on program evaluation to continually adapt. Programs consistently face changes in the community, culture, and economic climate and must recognize these changes in order to provide the maximum support to their client base.

Dr. Qiduan Liu helps the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) develop evaluation and research strategies. Working alongside a team of other researchers, Dr. Qiduan utilizes a vast range of administrative data, including employment numbers, so that these programs can see patterns and enhance the services they provide.

Dr. Qiduan has been tracing the effects of the recession on DSS’s work-support programs in helping South Carolina’s welfare recipients find and retain jobs. She applied a statistical model that tracks the employment trajectories of people receiving services as they struggle to find stable employment in a harsh economy.  The data directly inform South Carolina’s policies, so that people throughout the state can receive the support they need.

Research Background

Qiduan Liu earned a Doctorate in Educational Research and Measurement. She conducts data analyses for the planning and evaluation of social service and health programs, using a combination of administrative and survey data. She has over twenty years’ experience using SAS to extract, link, and aggregate information, and she has used statistical analysis methods for different research designs including case-control studies and cohort studies.

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