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Burnes Center

Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness

Our Team

The Burnes Center recognizes the power of bringing people together from different fields and organizations to collectively solve problems and achieve maximum long-term impact. We partner with Universities, research organizations and individuals, state and local agencies, and community-based organizations to offer you the most useful and up-to-date information and data.

Associates with the Center have conducted research, program evaluation, strategic planning and facilitation nationally and in our region, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The Center's associates and stable of consultants are intimately familiar with the policy, legal, political, and resource contexts in the areas of homelessness and poverty. Together, the Institute and its consultants and partners have a broad range of expertise:

  • Program development, management, and evaluation
  • Systems mapping
  • Applied research
  • Policy analysis
  • Strategic planning
  • Training and facilitation
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Focus group facilitation
  • Intervention research
  • Survey development and research
  • Needs assessment
  • Organizational development
  • Systems development and evaluation

Daniel Brisson, PhD | Executive Director

Donald W. Burnes, PhD | Founder

Gary Sanford, MPA | Associate Director of Community Assessment, Technical Assistance, and Training

Stephanie Chassman, MSW | PhD Graduate Teaching Assistant

Margay Witzman, MSW Candidate | Research Assistant

Jennifer Wilson, MSW, MBA | Senior Research Associate

Cullen Dilldine, MSW Candidate | MSW Work Study

Nora Gibbs, MSW Candidate | MSW Work Study