Senior Statistician. With over 25 years of statistical programming experience, Nancy’s work ranges from producing point and standard error estimates based on client-provided table specifications to developing an imputation procedure for missing data to producing complex multivariate statistical models. Her extensive SAS training includes the following: SAS Macro Language 1: Essentials, SAS Programming 3: Advanced Techniques and Efficiencies, Success with the SAS Output Delivery System, and Design and Analysis of Probability Surveys. Prior to Activate, Nancy worked as an independent contractor with the American Institutes for Research, studied at the Population Studies Center of the University of Michigan in demography, worked as a researcher at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and was a Mathematical Statistician with the Statistics of Income division of the Internal Revenue Service.


Senior Statistician,  Activate Research, Inc.

Washington, D.C.
Jan 2015 – Present

Provide statistical and programming expertise to social science research

  • Perform multivariate analysis across several national databases
  • Explain and document analytic findings from complex statistical models
  • Discuss and recommend alternative approaches with clients regarding analytic decisions

Statistician/Programmer,  Independent Contractor

Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Jun 2006 – Dec 2014

Provided statistical expertise and programming support to large research firm and the Department of Education

  • Included the creation of numerous tables published in the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Condition of Education, 2006–2011 and the NCES Digest of Education Statistics, 2006-2011
  • Created and documented data extracted from the Current Population Studies
  • Performed non-response bias analysis for the NCES School Crime Supplement and NCES School Survey of Crime and Safety teams, according to the guidelines set out in the 2002 NCES Statistical Standards.
  • Performed multivariate analyses as needed

Sole Proprietor,  NJC Designs

Rockville, MD
Feb 2003 – Aug 2008

Operated a business in home furnishing

  • Worked with customers and store owners
  • Designed and created home décor items suitable for a client’s aesthetic
  • Developed and maintained a business inventory which tracks supplies, products and customer projects

Research Assistant, Center on Poverty, Risk and Mental Health (UM)

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sept 1998 – Aug 2001

  • Oversaw compilation of technical documentation for longitudinal Michigan Women’s Employment Survey and reviewed SPSS programming code
  • Produced labor statistics using the nationally representative Current Population Survey (CPS)
  • Calculated income mobility for two cohorts of children using the nationally representative Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID)
  • Estimated the hazard of welfare receipt using longitudinal data from Michigan’s Family Independence Agency
Graduate coursework in Sociology, Population Studies Center
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan
B.A., Mathematics
Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
May 1988

Molefe, A., Burke, M. R., Collins, N., Sparks, D., & Hoyer, K. (2017).  Postsecondary educational expectations and attainment for rural and nonrural students (REL 2017–forthcoming). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest.

Hartmann, Heidi, Roberta Spalter-Roth and Nancy Collins. “What Do Unions Do for Women?” Restoring the Promise of American Labor Law. Edited by Sheldon Friedman, Richard W. Hurd, Rudolph A. Oswald, Ronald L. Seeber. New York: ILR Press. 1994

Wilde, Parke E., Sandra Hofferth, Stephen Stanhope, Mary Noonan, Nancy Collins. “Pre-1997 Trends in Welfare and Food Assistance in a National Sample of Families.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 82. August 2000

Hofferth, Sandra and Nancy Collins. “Child Care and Employment Turnover.” Population Research and Policy Review 19. 2000


Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, March, 2000, Los Angeles, CA.  “Does Women’s Part-time Experience Limit Mobility?”

Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, May, 1996, New Orleans, LA.  “Child Care and Employment Turnover.”

National Tax Association Meetings, November, 1993. “The Effect of Non-Sampling Error on Depreciation Estimates.”