This article is published in the February 2023 issue.

CRA and CERP Welcome Three New Staff Members

CRA has recently hired Eniola Idowu and Ama Nyame-Mensah as Research Associates and Cali Jacobs as a Program Assistant for the Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP).

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Eniola Idowu is a Research Associate for CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). As part of the CERP team, she conducts and supports the evaluation for a selection of programs primarily focused on broadening participation in computing in higher education. Eniola holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Master of Public Health in Health Behavior Health Promotion from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining CERP, she worked in the evaluation field within a variety of sectors including research/evaluation firms, academic institutes, and non-profits. Eniola worked as an Evaluation Associate for a research and evaluation firm where she gained experience with designing and implementing a variety of complex evaluation projects addressing behavioral health disparities, state’s substance use crises, sexual health education, and school-based mental health systems. During her graduate school training, Eniola supported the Office of Curricula Affair’s evaluation in curriculum modification in medical school settings to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching practices. She is passionate about using a DEI lens in all aspects of research and evaluation to address access, intersectionality, and equity within underserved populations to achieve their educational and wellness goals. In her free time, Eniola enjoys Pilates, reading, listening to music, and journaling.

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Cali Jacobs is a Program Assistant for CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). In this role, she assists in CERP communications and projects.

Cali holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology with minors in media studies and international studies from Radford University. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a student worker to assist faculty with a variety of research projects. In her free time, she enjoys woodworking, listening to music and podcasts, and reading.



AmaAma Nyame-Mensah

Ama Nyame-Mensah recently joined CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) as a part-time research associate. At CERP, Ama will manage the NSF CISE Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) project in collaboration with the rest of the project team.

Ama has considerable experience providing project management and technical (data) leadership to organizations and teams conducting applied and community-focused research and evaluation. In her free time, Ama speaks, writes, and teaches about the ethical and practical use of data and the importance of designing accessible data experiences.

Ama holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and degrees in Urban Affairs & Public Policy (Master of Arts) and Economics (Bachelor of Arts) from the University of Delaware.