Philip M. Gleason
Philip Gleason, a senior fellow at Mathematica, is an expert in evaluation design with extensive experience directing studies of education initiatives and federal nutrition programs.
Gleason is the study director for an evaluation of KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) for the KIPP Foundation, and recently led a rigorous lottery-based experimental evaluation of charter schools for the U.S. Department of Education. As a follow-up to that study, he led a methodological study examining lottery-based designs versus non-experimental designs for estimating charter school impacts. He is currently directing a study for the U.S. Department of Education examining the distribution of highly effective teachers in school districts around the country.
In recent years, he has played a key role in research examining administrative and nutrition-related aspects of federal nutrition programs, including the relationship between school meal participation and childhood obesity, the accuracy of certification for free and reduced-price school meals, and the dynamics of participation in the Food Stamp Program. He has also studied a variety of methodological and design issues, including conducting validation studies of regression discontinuity and comparison group designs, and has published a series of papers on statistical issues related to nutrition research.
Gleason has published his work in Education Finance and Policy, the Economics of Education Review, Evaluation Review, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, Demography, and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. He is on the board of editors of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and recently served on an Institute of Medicine Committee on the Adequacy of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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- Areas of Expertise
- Key Projects
- Professional Activities
- Evaluation design and methodological issues
- Charter schools
- Federal nutrition programs
- Institute of Medicine Committee on Examination of the Adequacy of Food Resources and SNAP Allotments, January 2012
- Editorial board, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Visiting Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges