Katharine Sidelnik

Research Associate

Katharine brings to Harder+Company a diverse background in research and evaluation, direct services, and public advocacy with a focus on interpersonal violence and immigration issues. She has mixed-method research, strategic planning, and community engagement skills, including conducting literature reviews; quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; managing datasets; translating findings for both technical and non-technical audiences; designing culturally and developmentally appropriate research tools and protocols; providing training to community researchers; managing and analyzing geographic information system (GIS) data; and experience with multiple statistical analysis software. She has basic proficiency in Spanish.

Before joining Harder+Company, Katharine worked in Chicago at the Heartland Alliance Social IMPACT Research Center on a project about education, health, and violence-related issues for immigrant women in Chicago. She has also designed a Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel research project for the VAWA Measuring Effectiveness Initiative at the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy; provided support and counseling for the Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault; and supported human rights campaigns related to immigration, healthcare and refugee rights as an organizer at the Maine People’s Alliance. She also designed and managed a UNICEF-funded regional child safety participatory research project in Uganda for War Child UK. Katharine is a passionate photographer – she has produced multimedia content for publications such as The New York Times and Libération, and has facilitated participatory photography and filmmaking projects as a tool for social change.

Education
  • Master of Arts, Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts, Photojournalism & Sociology, Rochester Institute of Technology
Areas of Expertise
  • Arts + Culture
  • Housing + Community Development
  • Immigration
  • Intimate Partner Violence