Susanna Dilliplane, PhD, is APEP’s Deputy Director. She brings methodological expertise and wide-ranging research experience to her work evaluating social and policy change initiatives. Drawing on her background in qualitative and quantitative methods, including experimental design and survey research, she works to optimize evaluation designs, data collection, and data analysis, with a focus on collaborating closely with clients to ensure evaluation findings are useful and actionable.
Before joining the APEP team, she served as an independent consultant and as the George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. In those roles, she worked closely with non-governmental organizations and social scientists on diverse research topics, including the impact of news exposure and different kinds of media interventions on attitudes, knowledge, and behavior in the US and abroad. Susanna’s current and recent portfolio includes serving as project lead for APEP’s five-year evaluation of Independent Television Service’s Women and Girls Lead Global campaign in Bangladesh, India, Jordan, Kenya, and Peru, and spearheading APEP’s work co-creating monitoring and evaluation tools with The Expectations Project for their work empowering people of faith to advocate for education equity in the US.
Prior to her graduate studies, Susanna served as editor of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC. She holds a B.A. in political science from Barnard College, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in communications from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She and her better half live in Philadelphia with their flamboyant bunny and naughty band of rescue cats.