University Trustee Professor of Education and Social Policy
Areas of Interest
Rebecca Maynard is University Trustee Professor of Education and Social Policy in the Education Policy Division of the Graduate School of Education. She is a leading expert in the design and conduct of randomized controlled trials in the areas of education and social policy. She has conducted influential methodological research, recently published open-ware tools to support the efficient design of rigorous impact evaluations, and been a leader in the development and application of methods for conducting systematic reviews of evidence on program effectiveness. She is a Fellow of the American Education Research Association; Past President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management; recipient of the Peter H. Rossi Award for Contributions to the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation (2009); co-recipient of the Society of Prevention Research Public Service Award (2008); and recipient of the Best Book Award, Society for Research on Adolescents (1998). Her current research projects range from an international comparative study of strategies for preparing secondary school math and science teachers to studies of innovative strategies for preparing low-skilled young adults for the workforce both in the United States and in developing countries. She recently returned to Penn following a two-year leave to serve as Commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Institute of Education Sciences.
Maynard, Rebecca, Naomi Goldstein, and Demetra Smith Nightingale. 2016. “Program and Policy Evaluations in Practice: Highlights from the Federal Perspective.” New Directions for Evaluation Winter (152): 109-135.
Granger, Robert C. and Rebecca Maynard. 2015. “Unlocking the Potential of the ‘What Works’ Approach to Policymaking and Practice.” American Journal of Evaluation 36(4): 558- 569.
Maynard, Rebecca, and Larry Orr. 2015. “Social Experiments.” In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Hoffman, S., and R. Maynard, eds. 2008. Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy, 2nd Edition. Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press.