Manolya Tanyu is a senior researcher with 15 years of expertise in evaluation of school- and community-based interventions to prevent risk behaviors and promote youth development. Dr. Tanyu has led and participated in numerous evaluations to investigate processes, practices, and outcomes using qualitative and quantitative methods. Trained as a community psychologist and prevention researcher, she is skilled in designing and implementing multi-level, multi-state, multi-year, mixed-methods evaluations in urban and rural communities as well as presenting and providing technical assistance to diverse stakeholders to build evaluation and data capacity, and systems change.
Dr. Tanyu is currently managing a five-year longitudinal research funded through the National Institute of Justice to study the root causes of school violence in high-risk, high-need communities in rural, suburban, and urban California. She is also working on an evidence mapping and gap analysis funded through USAID to assess the global evidence base for preventing and reducing violence among youth and young adults, ages 10–29 and testing interventions suitable for implementation in Latin America and Caribbean contexts. She has recently managed a randomized control trial funded by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Program (OJJDP) that examined the implementation processes and outcomes of enhanced mentoring approaches at 32 mentoring agencies in rural, urban, and suburban communities across 13 states in the U.S. The study started with an evaluability assessment that was used to tailor the experimental design and support study sites in their data collection and capacity needs.