Steven Day is a research associate professor at the UNC School of Social Work with an emphasis on program evaluation and intervention research. He has consulted with foundations, advocacy groups, government agencies, and service providers about measuring the effectiveness of programs to improve the lives of children. He is co-author of the book Intervention Research: Developing Social Programs (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Steven has a special interest in developing children’s social skills to promote friendship and reduce bullying. He has been a part of the Making Choices program, creating an intervention program of social skills lessons for children in elementary school. He is also an advocate for arts-based programs for children and adolescents, He has been an evaluation consultant to arts programs for children and adolescents including the YouthArts program, a delinquency prevention research project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Department of Justice, where he found that children thrive when they learn to do music, theater, dance, writing, performance, and studio arts. He has a master’s degree in Urban Studies and City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.