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The Rockville Institute for the Advancement of Social Science is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the social sciences by performing research and disseminating research findings to the public.

The Rockville Institute for the Advancement of Social Science is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the social sciences by performing research and disseminating research findings to the public.

The Institute fulfills our mission using a variety of client focused approaches, including:

Evaluating programs and initiatives for foundations, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies
Conducting data collection and rigorous survey research to address a range of client questions
Performing qualitative research to inform innovative practices
Developing analytic methods used for social science research

The Rockville Institute has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable, tax-exempt organization.

Our Focus Area

Our Focus Area

  • Community Health and Health Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Education Practice and Policy
  • Criminal Justice & Violence Prevention
  • Employment & Training
  • Transportation
  • Equity and Race
  • Native American Issues

Our Capabilities

Our Capabilities

  • Evaluation and Learning
  • Instrument Design and Development
  • Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed-Methods Research
  • Data Collection and Survey Research
  • Statistical Analyses
  • Reporting, Briefing, Data Visualizations
  • Dissemination of Findings to Target Audiences

Debra J. Rog, PhD, President of the Rockville Institute, is an internationally recognized expert in evaluation and applied social research methodology, homelessness, housing, and mental health. Dr. Rog has particular expertise in evaluability assessment, mixed methods studies, and multi-site designs. Dr. Rog has served as Principal Investigator or Project Director on numerous evaluation projects in the areas of poverty, social determinants of health and heath equity, homelessness, housing for vulnerable populations, violence and trauma prevention, and mental health services. Dr. Rog has provided methodological and subject-matter expertise for studies funded by clients such as the Administration for Children and Families at HHS, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Mental Health Services at HHS, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Hilton Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.

  • PhD, Social Psychology, Vanderbilt University
  • MS, Social Psychology, Kent State University
  • BS, Psychology, American International College
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Oswaldo Holguin

Vice President and Treasurer

In January 2024, Oswaldo Holguin, MA, assumed the role of Vice President and Treasurer at the Rockville Institute. With over three decades of finance experience, he has demonstrated strong leadership, the ability to build high-performance teams, and expertise in strategic planning and implementation. Mr. Holguin possesses comprehensive expertise across various financial functions, encompassing analysis and planning, contract management, corporate and global accounting, audits, treasury services, and pricing activities. Additionally, he successfully oversaw the corporate finance, financial services, and international accounting groups at prior organizations.

  • MA, Economics, Cum Laude, University of South Carolina
  • BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Magna Cum Laude, University of South Carolina
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Scott Cody

Vice President and Secretary

Scott Cody, MA, Vice president and Secretary, joined the Rockville Institute in January 2023. Mr. Cody, a nationally recognized expert in evidence-based decision-making, is known for his innovative approaches to program evaluation and program improvement, and his ability to translate complex evidence into clear, actionable intelligence. His methodological expertise includes experimental and nonexperimental evaluation design, machine learning, microsimulation, rapid process improvement, and systematic reviews. As Westat's Human Services Sector Lead, Mr. Cody provides leadership in strategic planning and implementation as well as general oversight of two practices — social policy and economics research, and education studies.

  • MA, Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University
  • BA, Economics, College of Wooster