April Allen, PhD, MPA is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Spark Learning for Organizations. Dr. Allen has more than a decade of experience using data to drive policy and practice improvements in human service systems, including work as a Data Driven Practice Advisor at Casey Family Programs and Director of Policy and Planning for the Vermont Department for Children and Families. She has developed and delivered trainings that help leaders use data to improve outcomes in some of the largest human service systems in the United Sates, and currently serves as an Instructor at UC Davis' Center for Human Services. In addition, she has broad expertise as a mixed-methods researcher developed while managing complex quantitative and qualitative studies at Boston Children’s Hospital and Tufts Medical Center, and holds a Visiting Research Scholar appointment at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management.  


Dr. Allen's research and policy expertise has been recognized with prestigious national awards, including the Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award from the Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (as a member of the I-PASS Study Group) and a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. She holds a PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University.

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