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Heidi J. Eschenbacher, Ph.D., is a researcher interested in patterns of social and societal change. Dr. Eschenbacher earned her doctorate in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development (OLPD) from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, and a double B.A. from University of Minnesota. She has worked on educational system improvement projects in Zambia, South Sudan and Uganda, youth livelihood and gender equity evaluations in East Africa and Bangladesh, food aid in Cambodia and Swaziland, and with immigrant groups the in the United States. Her ongoing interest in her varied work is to explore how people, particularly those who have historically been marginalized, can use research to inform policy, practice, and social change. She enjoys the intricate details of both qualitative and quantitative data, often finding herself immersed in spreadsheets or text.

At ICI Dr. Eschenbacher contributes to studies about Intellectual and Development Disabilities as well as Autism. In all work, she aims to collaboratively transform data into information for policy and practice.