Dan O'Shea, MA


As a research associate affiliated with the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, Dan O’Shea has been conducting policy and program analysis and evaluations since 1989.  He specializes in process and implementation studies, occasionally preparing benefit-cost analyses and assisting with impact studies. Mr. O’Shea has worked with a broad array of government agencies, private foundations, professional associations, academic research institutes, and labor organizations, as well as community-based and other non-profit organizations, across the span of his career.

In May 2010, Mr. O’Shea rejoined the Ray Marshall Center’s team to conduct state-level analyses of strategic and operational influences of Recovery Act resources in the workforce systems of Nebraska, Arizona, Washington, and Texas. These analyses are part of the 20-state ARRA Implementation Study, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Division (USDOL/ETA). He has since also directed an assessment and report of  current workforce programs and services for Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (GICT) with Chris King, as an initial phase of the Strategic Positioning Project (SPP). The first report identified viable options for adjusting, expanding, or introducing new elements to the current programs and services array that might help “position” GICT for improving the livelihood prospects of disadvantaged populations in Central Texas.  He is also working with Daniel Schroeder at the Center to design and conduct evaluations of the Texas Integrated Child Support System and the Urban Fathers Asset Building Project for the Child Support Division of Texas Office of the Attorney General.

Earlier projects include a major research role in The Workforce Investment Act in Eight States, the first national WIA implementation study; a National Benefit/Cost Analysis of Three Digit-Accessed Telephone Information and Referral Services, sponsored by United Way of America; and the Next Generation Workforce Project, a forward-looking initiative in support of enhancing state and local capacity for improving livelihood prospects in the knowledge-based, global economy.

Mr. O’Shea received his BA degree in International Relations from Knox College and his MA degree in Latin American Studies with a major in Geography and a minor in Community and Regional Planning from The University of Texas at Austin. As a political ecologist/cultural geographer, he is a member of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers.

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