John Mensah (’19) has joined the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services (DWS) in Little Rock, Ark., as a Research Project Analyst.
Mensah’s responsibilities include incorporating all requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program.
A native of Accra, Ghana, Mensah previously worked as an assistant field officer with Ghana’s Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection. As a volunteer, he was as a liaison with the District Social Development Officers (DSDOs), working to get low-income people enrolled into social intervention plans in rural communities.
As a Clinton School student, Mensah worked with Canopy Northwest Arkansas to design a research methodology, combining quantitative and qualitative methods to furnish the organization with a well-rounded, holistic understanding of the community’s perceptions of refugees.
“The skills I received from Program Planning and my IPSP and Capstone projects will enable to research, analyze, and write reports for my supervisor at the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services.”
Long-term, Mensah would like to return to his native Ghana and become involved in the country’s politics.
“This position is a precursor to honing skills toward policy development and policy analysis, a field I’ve long developed interest for,” Mensah said. “After researching and analyzing data, what is next? Of course, policy development and analysis because the data you prepared will be used by politicians for improved service delivery. In addition, this position will not only allow me to apply my previous work but also the opportunity to develop expertise in new areas of data analysis.”
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