Eric Twombly, PhD
Principal Research Associate

Areas of Focus: research and evaluation, organizational studies, community-based health service delivery, community health worker programs, Latino health

Eric guides the development and evaluation of programs focused on optimizing health service delivery to Latino communities through promotora (community health worker) outreach. KDHRC programs to improve Latino health under Eric’s direction include our Todo Promotores Clearinghouse project.

Eric has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, research and practitioner briefs, and research reports on topics such as community-based program formulation, implementation, and evaluation of both individual community-based nonprofits and populations of organizations; sectorwide trends in the entry and exit of nonprofit organizations; financial aspects of nonprofit health and human service provision; and the effects of public policy on the effectiveness, efficiency, and innovation of nonprofit organizations.

Eric particularly enjoys running large-scale evaluations and has experience with national, state-level, and community-specific evaluations. He conducted an extensive national evaluation of more than 30,000 nonprofit human service providers. At the state level, he executes evaluations of nonprofit programming capacity, financing, and charitable giving. At the community level, he evaluated the spatial dimensions of nonprofit service providers across multiple counties in the Washington, DC, area.

KDHRC lured Eric from a faculty position at Georgia State University’s highly ranked Andrew Young School of Public Policy. Before moving to Atlanta, Eric was a senior research associate at The Urban Institute, a nationally renowned think tank in Washington, DC, and a professorial lecturer at The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Eric received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Washington University in 2000.

Eric enjoys being a dad to his four busy kids, working in his garden, climbing mountains, surfing, and coaching youth baseball. Both on the ballfield and at KDHRC, Eric is known for his rousing and lengthy pep talks and making people run laps when they mess up.