Ashley Bukach, MPH

Research Associate
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Assistant Director
Partnership for Evaluation
Partnership for Evaluation, Research, and Implementation (PERI)
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Ashley partners with Cleveland-area nonprofits and court systems across the state to help them use data to tell their stories. Through evaluation consultation and services, Ashley helps organizations answer questions such as:

  • Is this program operating as intended? 
  • What impact are we having?
  • What aspects of our services are working well?
  • In what areas do we need improvement?

With a focus on process efficiency, Ashley develops data collection and management systems that minimize burden for clients and staff while producing quality data for effective evaluation.

Specializing in data visualization, Ashley creates static and interactive visualizations to highlight findings for a wide variety of audiences according to data visualization best practices for design and messaging.

Since joining the Begun Center in 2016, Ashley has served as an evaluator for the following:

  • Cuyahoga County High-Risk Domestic Violence Docket
  • Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative 
  • Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court’s Safe Harbor Docket
  • Summit County Juvenile Court’s Restore Court
  • Collaborative to End Human Trafficking
  • Ohio's Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice Initiative
  • Partnership for Evaluation, Research, and Implementation (PERI)

Her key interest areas include gender-based violence (particularly domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking), the impact of trauma, and social determinants of health.

Ashley has over 10 years of experience working in practical, applied social science research and evaluation. Prior to working at the Begun Center, Ashley was a data coordinator in the CWRU School of Medicine to evaluate interventions developed for individuals with serious mental illness and neurological disorders. Before working at CWRU, Ashley coordinated numerous research studies at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging focused on elder abuse/domestic violence prevention and improving the direct service workforce that serves those with physical and mental health needs in Ohio.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from John Carroll University and a Master of Public Health degree from Cleveland State University.

Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community and to the world?

A: I am passionate about the type of research and evaluation work that we conduct at the Begun Center because it is practical and applied and aims to help under-privileged populations. By helping community-based organizations measure their services and understand how to more effectively and efficiently serve clients, the goal of our work is to provide organizations with real-world information that positively impacts their clients, as well as those who serve them.

Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate?

A: Abuse prevention (primarily domestic violence, but also sexual assault and elder abuse), trauma and mental health.

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

I am passionate about using data to improve access to health, happiness and justice in our community.