About Melissa Phillips

Melissa Phillips is a program evaluator with the Vermont Department of Health in the Health Surveillance and Statistics Division. Prior to joining the VDH, she was an independent consultant specializing in the evaluation of education and health programs. Melissa has served as either an internal or external evaluator on large, federally-funded grants for almost 20 years, collaborating with stakeholders on all aspects of evaluation, from logic model development to data analysis, report writing, and presentation of results.

Melissa brings expertise in using qualitative evaluation methods, with undergraduate training from Brown University in Anthropology and a wealth of experience using in-depth interviews, observations, focus group discussions and other qualitative techniques to answer questions of programmatic and evaluative importance. Her graduate training in Public Health gave her additional expertise in developing, implementing and evaluating public sector programs in order to show impact and scalability. Melissa has evaluated programs serving both international, low-literacy populations, as well as low-income populations in the U.S., giving her the ability to tailor her work to a variety of settings, needs, and technological levels.


  • PH395 Program Evaluation

Community Engagement

Melissa has served as the central Vermont chapter leader for La Leche League International, providing support to new mothers in the state.

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