Diane Gavarkavich

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Director of Research Services

Biography

Diane serves as the director of research services at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. Diane manages survey, program evaluation, and needs assessment work as well as serves as the primary grant and proposal writer. Her research interests include data-informed decision-making and the social determinants of health.  Prior to graduate school, Diane was an algebra teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Education

Diane holds her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from UNC Chapel Hill, graduate certificates in Middle Grade Mathematics from UNC Charlotte and Nonprofit Management from UNC Chapel Hill, and her bachelor’s from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Human and Organizational Development and Medicine, Health and Society.

Expertise

Diane has five-plus years of experience in program evaluation and applied research focusing on public health and education issues.

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 14, 2017
    Since January 2017, a group from 1000 Feathers and UNC Charlotte has been investigating the issue of unintended pregnancy in Mecklenburg County, with interviews and focus groups, a survey and collecting information on services and programs available.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 06, 2017
    What motivates Charlotteans to vote? Volunteer? Hold political conversations or attend events? Two public events this month will showcase what researchers have learned.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Dec 01, 2016
    Are Millennials really so different from other generations? When it comes to housing preferences and opinions, the answer seems to be: Yes. And no.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 01, 2016
    Are Millennials really so different from other generations? When it comes to housing preferences and opinions, the answer seems to be: Yes. And no.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Oct 24, 2016
    If your agency or organization is seeking an affordable, reliable way to gauge public opinion and attitudes, participate in the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s Annual Survey.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Oct 19, 2016
    How do you influence the community around you? Do you vote, volunteer, go to meetings or march in protests? The institute is partnering with Google, Johnson C. Smith University and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to research how local residents engage with each other, including online.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Oct 19, 2016
    How do you influence the community around you? Do you vote, volunteer, go to meetings or march in protests? The institute is partnering with Google, Johnson C. Smith University and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to research how local residents engage with each other, including online.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Aug 16, 2016
    Mecklenburg County wants to hear from residents about recycling. With the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s help, the county has launched an online survey. Those who take it can register for a chance to win an Apple iPad.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 16, 2016
    Mecklenburg County wants to hear from residents about recycling. With the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s help, the county has launched an online survey. Those who take it can register for a chance to win an Apple iPad.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Jul 20, 2016
    If you live in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County or nearby counties, the Urban Land Institute Charlotte chapter wants to know about your housing needs and preferences. Take their survey and win a chance at a $100 grand prize.