Agencies tend to manage what can be readily measured, but with a large toolbox of analytical and data collection techniques and some creativity, so much more is possible! I am proud and inspired to apply my program evaluation and economic valuation expertise to help agencies manage better—by providing them with valid, reliable data to enhance decision-making and by effectively communicating this information to my clients, their stakeholders, and upper management.
An expert in econometrics, statistical analysis, survey design, and process analysis, Dr. Lou Nadeau joined ERG in 1996. A vice president, he developed and currently manages ERG’s program evaluation and performance measurement practice, which focuses on two areas: evaluating the impacts of federal programs (including developing performance metrics) and valuing ecosystem services.
Government agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Labor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Commission for Environmental Cooperation have used Lou’s services to learn where their programs are making impacts, discover ways to improve program effectiveness, and provide a data-based foundation for enhanced management decision-making. Lou is hands-on in the projects he manages, leading interviews and conducting statistical analyses. He often presents his work at national conferences and to upper management at federal agencies.
Lou has a B.A. in economics from Assumption College and a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Clark University.