About ACE! < Back to ACE! Staff Directory Neelam Shukla Graduate Research AssistantNeelam Shukla is a Ph. D student in Schar School of Policy and Government and a Research Assistant at the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE). She has more than a decade experience of working in the Indian Government in various capacities of tax administration across India.DegreesM.A. in Economics (India)M.A. in Public Management (Johns Hopkins University) ProjectsNational-level evaluation of the Stepping Up Initiative (Dr. Faye Taxman, P.I.; funded by the National Institute of Mental Health) Research InterestsTaxation and International RelationsQualitative methodsSurvey researchCorrectionsWhat is so fascinating about one research project you are working on at ACE!Evaluation of stepping Up project is rooted firmly in the ground and addresses a contemporary issue with immense potential for policy implications.How do you think working on ACE! projects will make you a better researcher?It is a wonderful opportunity of learning by doing. It’s multidisciplinary approach provides a platform for use of quantitative and qualitative methods to the issues of real world.If you had to give advice to an agency about evidence-based practices, what would that be?In the words of Brodkin, giving visibility to otherwise invisible phenomena and providing a way of seeing big by looking small is the essence of evidence-based practices.