Indianapolis, IN 46204
Breanca Merritt joined PPI in 2015. Her research examines the complexity of poverty reduction, addressing issues of social service provision, racial/ethnic disparities, public health, public safety, and education, among others.
Merritt’s work evaluates the effectiveness of newly established programs, place-based collective impact efforts, and social service programs that aim to improve outcomes for families and children. Her recent projects include serving as principal investigator for evaluations and data management of the Great Families 2020 Initiative, Indianapolis’ Centers for Working Families Network, the Indianapolis Homeless Outreach Services Team (iHOST), and the IndyEast Promise Zone, among others.
Immediately before joining PPI, Merritt was a project manager for a grant funded through the National Institutes of Health, and a research fellow for the Oklahoma Policy Institute.