Peggy L. Cuciti, Research Analyst, BIG
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 133
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Phone: (303) 315 - 2488
Fax: (303) 315 - 2497
Bio: Dr. Peggy L. Cuciti is the Senior Research Analyst at the Buechner Institute for Governance, University of Colorado Denver. In her more than 20 years at the University, she has directed the Centers’ research team on a number of significant projects on education, human services policy, poverty issues, public finance, urban development and infrastructure policy and management. These projects encompass both quantitative and qualitative research, and include needs assessments, program evaluations and statewide surveys. She has an in-depth understanding of the history and design of federal policies and programs addressing the needs of low-income populations.
Dr. Cuciti has designed and managed large-scale, multi-year, multi-site research projects, and developed and managed large data sets involving administrative, Census and survey data. She has designed samples, instruments, and protocols for survey data collection and overseeing field work. She has successfully communicated – both orally and in writing -- the findings of quantitative and statistical analyses, as well as more qualitative analyses of problems, issues, and policies. Some examples of these large-scale efforts include a study of barriers to employment faced by the TANF caseload; and a multi-site evaluation of Colorado Personal Responsibility and Employment Program (a welfare reform developed by the State of Colorado integrating welfare, food stamps, education, job training and child care assistance).
Dr. Cuciti has a great deal of experience with educational programs. She directed evaluations of the Colorado Child Care Pilot Program, the Apprentice Program, the Wage Bonus Program and The Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program, all of which were designed to improve the early childhood care system in Colorado. She facilitated several task forces in Denver on early childhood education, including those responsible for the first Denver strategic plan, the assumption by Denver of responsibility for Head Start programming, and the forging of several collaborations for the delivery of early childhood education services.
Most recently, Dr. Cuciti has directed the work on Maintenance of the IHBG Formula Allocation Program for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, under a sub-contract with FirstPic. The team is responsible for maintaining the programming code and all data bases used by the formula in allocating approximately $650,000,000 annually to over 550 tribes nationwide.
While skilled in conducting large scale evaluations, Dr. Cuciti also enjoys working with community based organizations and collaborations. In recent years, she has worked with the Colorado Trust on process evaluations of several initiatives, conducting in-depth interviews with grantees. She worked with the Mott Foundation on a participatory evaluation involving ten state-level organizations engaged in state fiscal analysis and advocacy. She has assisted Making Connections Denver, helping them to make use of survey data collected as part of the national evaluation of the Initiative. She also provided information support and facilitation of several task forces in Denver on early childhood education, including those responsible for the first Denver strategic plan, the assumption by Denver of responsibility for Head Start programming, and the forging of several collaborations for the delivery of early childhood education services.
Dr. Cuciti has also supported several collaborations at the state, national and international level by assembling information in support of stakeholder dialogues and summarizing the deliberations in published documentation.
Dr. Cuciti directed the Wells Fargo Public Opinion Research Program. In this capacity, she was responsible for the “Mind of Colorado,” an annual statewide survey focusing on public attitudes towards major societal institutions, civic involvement, quality of life, and other issues. The program also conducted statewide surveys on education performance, the financing of affordable housing, growth issues, and renewable energy.
Before joining the Centers in 1982, Dr. Cuciti was a Senior Fellow in Taxation and Finance at the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and a policy analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, D.C., Dr. Cuciti completed several studies focusing on intergovernmental grants and the distributional effects of federal spending.
Ph.D. Political Science, University of Chicago
M.A. Political Science, University of Chicago
B.A. State University of New York at Stony Brook (summa cum laude)