The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) staff members come from diverse backgrounds, including education, psychology, economics, sociology, and communications. The WWC staff consists of leading experts in the field of scientifically based evidence in education research.
Dr. Roberto Agodini is a senior economist and director of Mathematica’s Center for Improving Research Evidence (CIRE). He is an expert in the design and conduct of studies aimed at understanding the effectiveness of education programs and policies designed to improve student outcomes. Currently, he is the study director and principal investigator of a large-scale evaluation for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that uses randomized controlled trial techniques to understand the effects of four different elementary school math curricula in developing student math skills. He also has played key roles in other important education evaluations for ED, including the director of a study that examined the effects of secondary vocational education on students’ academic and employment outcomes, director of an effort to identify design options for an experimental evaluation of teacher professional development programs in math, and deputy director for a large-scale experimental study of education technology’s effects on student math and reading achievement. His other professional activities include serving as a referee for professional journals, including the Economics of Education Review, the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, Teachers College Record, and World Bank Economic Review. He has published articles in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, and Effective Education.