Dr. Handy has worked on numerous projects during her tenure at HumRRO. Most recently Dr. Handy has focused on diversity/demographic reporting for government agencies. She was the project director for the Population Representation in the Military Services report, annually submitted to Congress through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. During that project she was responsible for requesting, verifying, and analyzing data, preparing numerous tables and figures for the presentation of data, and coordinating the writing, editing and internet-accessibility of the report. She is currently directing a similar project for another government agency.
Recently, Dr. Handy analyzed and reported on the 2006 Surveys of Reserve Component Spouses. In this project, HumRRO analyzed the data gathered through this survey and provided the Defense Manpower Data Center with reports covering its execution, results, and implications.
As a member of a team, Dr. Handy finished a project for the Director for Accession Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) called Qualified Military Available (QMA). The goal of the project was to develop estimates of youth who are qualified and available for service, enhancing the ability of DoD and the military services to target recruiting resources. The QMA team created a tool that would enable the military user to understand sources of disqualification in a particular demographic cell, and gauge the numbers with insufficient mental/education qualification or who would require a medical, moral character, or dependents waiver for entry. Dr. Handy provided the QMA team with the moral qualification analysis.
Dr. Handy is currently working on a team responsible for evaluating the Army’s Foreign Language Recruiting Initiative. This program is designed to use a native language general aptitude screening test, in addition to the usual enlistment screening procedures, to evaluate applicants whose first language is not English. Dr. Handy’s main responsibilities are data collection and handling and reporting and liaison efforts to Military Entrance Processing Stations and Army and Army National Guard Language Centers.
She completed a DMDC study entitled the ASVAB Career Exploration program. As project director, she studied the career development programs used in high schools nation-wide by surveying high school counselors and their opinions towards the ASVAB Career Exploration Program. She is the current project director for the Population Representation in the Military Services report, which is annually submitted to Congress. She is responsible for requesting, verifying, and analyzing data, preparing numerous tables and figures for the presentation of data, and coordinating the writing and editing of the report.
She recently served as a primary analyst for a moral waivers validation study for the Directorate for Accession Policy within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy). In this project she is assessed the reliability of waiver policies across services and managed a large-scale data collection and coding effort.
Dr. Handy has helped manage, design and participate in various data collection projects for the Army, Navy, INS, Department of Education and other agencies. She has also been responsible for numerous literature reviews, research and reporting tasks, statistical analyses, as well as data management projects.