Calmeyer served as a site liaison for several colleges in two MDRC evaluations: CUNY Start, a multifaceted prematriculation program that provides intensive instruction in reading, writing, and math using a carefully prescribed curriculum and instruction; and Aid Like A Paycheck, a program where students receive their aid incrementally — like a paycheck — rather than in one or two lump sums. As a site liaison, Calmeyer provided training and support for random assignment study activities, helped implement a student survey, and conducted qualitative research activities. Calmeyer also manages the budget and reporting for these projects.
In addition to her work in the realm of higher education, Calmeyer has been involved with launching MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS). CABS uses a diagnostic method to identify opportunities amenable to low-intensity, high-impact interventions, then designs interventions, tests their impact, and provides technical assistance to social service agencies implementing such approaches. Calmeyer is also a contributing author on the report Engaging Providers and Clients: Using Behavioral Economics to Increase On-Time Child Care Subsidy Renewals.
Calmeyer has a BA from the University of California, San Diego and a master’s in public administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.