Dr. Rucha Londhe has over 15 years of experience conducting equitable research and evaluation. She serves as the Domestic Liaison for Abt’s Equity Center and helps proposal and project teams bring an equity perspective into their work. Similarly, Dr. Londhe provides evaluation project teams with a framework for including equity-based principles in data collection, analysis, and reporting, such as tailoring interview/focus group questions for woman-headed households, desegregating data based on gender or race, and analyzing and reporting data by population subgroup.
Dr. Londhe is an experienced child development specialist, evaluator, researcher, and technical assistance provider with a demonstrated history of working in education and health industries. She is an expert at applying an equity lens to all her work, whether in implementation, impact evaluations, training and technical assistance, content writing, resource development, or community outreach. Dr. Londhe’s expertise lies in conducting community-based participatory research and evaluations with diverse populations, including immigrants and Native American Tribes.
In addition to her Abt roles, Dr. Londhe currently is serving as a mentor for the Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Program launched by Anne E. Cassey’s Expanding the Bench (ETB) initiative.
Before joining Abt, Dr. Londhe worked with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) as a project director with the Research and Evaluation Team. At BTC, Dr. Londhe focused on the study of disparities in maternal and children’s health – especially on the Native American reservations across the country. She worked with four different Tribes over a span of five years – collecting evaluation data around health disparities using a community-based participatory research model and collaborated with program teams on designing equitable evaluation data collection and analysis strategies.
Previously, Dr. Londhe worked with the Goodman Research Group (GRG), where she led evaluations of programs predominantly focusing on the topic of girls and women in STEM education. For example, programs like Girls Communicating Career Connections (GC3), which involved a series of short video segments produced by middle school aged girls. This series captured the inquiry-based learning experiences of girls as they investigated what it means to be a scientist or engineer.
- Equitable program evaluation and research
- Qualitative research methodology
- Community based participatory research
- Resource development
- Fluent in English, Marathi, Hindi, and German
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2021). Prevention and Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among College Students. SAMHSA Publication No. PEP21-06-05-002 Rockville, MD: National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (2020). Strengthening Partnerships: A Framework for Prenatal through Young Adulthood Family Engagement in Massachusetts. Boston, Massachusetts: DESE.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2020). Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders. SAMHSA Publication No. PEP20-06-01-001 Rockville, MD: National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- Londhe, R. (2018). Using Community-based Participatory Research in Evaluation. Presented at ITEST STELAR PI and Evaluator Summit 2018.