Jennifer Novak-Leonard specializes in evaluation and research — specifically innovative measurement systems to understand cultural participation, and the personal and public value derived from those experiences. Her work lies at the nexus between research, policy and practice.
Currently, Jennifer is serving as a principal investigator of the California Survey of Arts Participation (working title) through NORC, and of the Chicago Arts and Culture Issue Briefs project with Arts Alliance Illinois.
Previously, Jennifer was a Senior Consultant with WolfBrown and an Assistant Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation. Jennifer is the lead author on "Beyond Attendance: A Multi-Modal Understanding of Arts Participation" (2011), a monograph for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is co-author of the WolfBrown reports "Assessing the Intrinsic Impacts of a Live Performance" (2007) and "Cultural Engagement in California's Inland Regions" (2008). She is also co-author of "Arts and Culture in the Metropolis: Strategies for Sustainability" (RAND, 2007) and a contributor to "Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts" (RAND, 2004). She is completing her PhD at the RAND Graduate School.