Habiki Sakai, M.A., M.P.P.

Senior Research Associate

 

Hibiki Sakai, M.A., M.P.P., is a senior research associate at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). Since 2014, he has been involved in projects on a range of topics including mental health, substance use, homelessness, violence prevention, crisis intervention, police reform, and disability. A social worker and policy analyst by training, Mr. Sakai has worked directly with service consumers in a clinical capacity and evaluated programs from a research perspective. He has experience with mixed methods inquiry with focuses on survey research, statistical analysis, and database design and management.

Prior to joining AHP, Mr. Sakai served as a research assistant with the University of Chicago Urban Labs, where he worked on a suite of projects looking to inform strategies for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to better address the support needs of individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. In this role, he worked with a partner mental health intake facility to analyze preliminary program data from a newly implemented co-responder model of police response to crisis. In addition, he surveyed CPD officers trained in the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and presented findings and policy recommendations to the Chicago Mayor’s Office.

Mr. Sakai is knowledgeable in survey design, inferential statistics, cost-benefit analysis, and data visualization. He is proficient in R, Stata, Microsoft Excel, Access, and Qualtrics. He holds master’s degrees in social service administration (equivalent to a master of social work degree) and public policy from the University of Chicago.


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