Community Evaluation Programs

A Division of the Office for Public Engagement and
Scholarship, a department of University Outreach
and Engagement

Laurence S. Rosen

Laurence S. Rosen

Affiliated Consultant, Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative


Laurence Rosen is an experienced researcher and program evaluator with experience in health care analysis and policy, workforce development, demographic and economic analysis, and community schools. He is a recognized expert on the relation of health care policy to workforce and demographic trends. Beyond almost two decades of experience designing, budgeting, and managing various program evaluations, Dr. Rosen’s professional activities have also included policy analysis, serving as an expert witness, grant writing, and teaching.

Dr. Rosen was employed for almost 15 years as a senior project manager at Public Policy Associates, 10 years as senior director for patient data services for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, and 10 years as Michigan’s first State Demographer and Michigan’s liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau. Dr. Rosen also taught research methods and statistics for Western Michigan University’s graduate program in public administration for 25 years.

Among Dr. Rosen’s major projects have been program evaluation for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation; evaluation of community schools in Grand Rapids, MI; financial impacts of patient-to-nursing ratios for the Michigan Nurses Association and the Iowa Organization of Nursing Leaders; evaluation of the Michigan Benefit Access Initiative for the Ford, Kresge, and Open Society Foundations; and task leadership for the evaluation of the U.S. Labor Department’s WIRED initiative. Other important engagements have been as lead researcher on health disparities for the Charlotte, NC region; evaluator of graduate nursing education for San Francisco State University; demographic expert for the Michigan Department of Attorney General; and consultant to the Indian Health Service’s Health Promotion and Disease Prevention unit. Dr. Rosen was the co-developer of the Michigan Patient Outcome Measures program and evaluator of Ohio’s Community Compassion Capital project. He also prepared a business plan and assessed the need for a children’s health care clinic for the MSU College of Medicine.

Dr. Rosen has a doctorate and master’s degree in sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in sociology from Queens College, City University of New York. He also received management training at the University of Michigan School of Business, executive training from the American Management Association, and health policy training at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Rosen has published a number of articles, book chapters, research reports, commentaries, and op-ed pieces in a variety of academic and popular publications.

Dr. Rosen currently serves as the treasurer of the Michigan Nurses Foundation and is on the board of directors of the Capital Area Housing Partnership. He previously was a member of the National Evaluation Advisory Team for the Coalition for Community Schools at Stanford University, a member of the Economic Advisory Panel on National Healthcare Reform for the Small Business Majority, and president of the National State Data Center Organization.