The What Works Clearinghouse collects, reviews, and reports on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making has increased demand for this type of information.
- Education research
- Econometric and evaluation methodology
- Design and analysis of education policy evaluations using random assignment and quasi-experimental methods
- Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
- College and Career Readiness
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
Neil Seftor specializes in education research, with expertise in econometric and evaluation methodology, including the design and analysis of education policy evaluations using random assignment and quasi-experimental methods.
Seftor is currently director and co-principal investigator of the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse. His responsibilities include overseeing reviews of research, developing and revising review standards, and producing reports. Seftor also oversees communications efforts, the development of new products, and the open data initiative, including providing data from WWC reviews, designing new tools for using and accessing data on the web, and developing new web products based on the data.
Other work has included the analysis of two evaluations of the Undergraduate Scholarship and Intramural Research Loan repayment programs funded by the National Institutes of Health, contributing to the design, recruitment, data collection, and analysis of the Evaluation of the Impact of Teacher Induction Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education and authoring a report on quality teaching.
Seftor presents at professional conferences and publishes in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Human Resources. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.
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