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About Clare

Clare joined the Government Outcomes Lab in March of 2017 having completed her Ph.D. and Master’s in Public Administration from North Carolina State University in 2016 and 2013 respectively. Her research focuses largely on performance measurement and management, information use in decision-making, innovation studies, and networks.

While completing her doctorate, Clare worked as a Research Scientist at SAS Institute where she contributed to a cross-disciplinary research team charged with improving youth outcomes by creating and evaluating innovative educational software; engaging with local community stakeholders; and collaborating with experts in student learning and well-being, community development, and public policy. She also provided domain and product management expertise in the creation of shared-measurement systems for collective impact initiatives throughout the United States as well as various mobile and web applications for local and international nonprofit organizations. In addition to her time in the tech industry, Clare has professional experience in two state agencies: The North Carolina Departments of Commerce and Environmental Quality. 

Clare’s research has been published and presented in a range of journals and conferences including Disasters, The American Society for Public Administration, The Academy of Management, and The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

C. FitzGerald, A. Fraser, J. Kimmitt, Tackling the Big Questions in Social Impact Bond Research through Comparative Approaches (2020) Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 22 (2), 85-99

C. FitzGerald, Getting Past “Purposeful”: Exploring Dimensionality in Nonprofit Executive Performance Information Use (2020) Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs 6 (3), 281-302

T. Hameed, C. FitzGerald, Impact bonds can aid recovery in lower and middle-income countries (2020) LSE Covid 19 Blog

C. FitzGerald, E Carter, R Dixon, M Airoldi, Walking the contractual tightrope: A transaction cost economics perspective on social impact bonds (2019) Public Money & Management 39 (7), 458-467

J. Blundell, F. Rosenbach, T. Hameed, C. FitzGerald, Are we Rallying Together? Collaboration and public sector reform (2019) Government Outcomes Lab, University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government

E. Carter, C. FitzGerald, R. Dixon, C. Economy, T. Hameed, M. Airoldi, Building the tools for public services to secure better outcomes: Collaboration, Prevention, Innovation. (2018) Government Outcomes Lab, University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government

E. Carter, J. Coupet, C. FitzGerald, O. Hernandez, S. Tan, G. Wass, Unpacking the Relationship between Public Service Contracts and Provider Behavior (2018) Academy of Management Proceedings (1), 10381

A.J. Faas, A.L..K Velez, C. FitzGerald, B.L. Nowell, T.A. Steelman, Patterns of preference and practice: bridging actors in wildfire response networks in the American Northwest (2017) Disasters 41 (3), 527-548

J. Sabourin, L. Kosturko, C. FitzGerald, S. McQuiggan, Student Privacy and Educational Data Mining: Perspectives from Industry (2015) International Educational Data Mining Society