Kelly Piccinino Director of Research Operations

Kelly Piccinino

Kelly Piccinino is an evaluation consultant and the director of research operations at MAI. Dr. Piccinino is a seasoned mixed-methods evaluator, with over fifteen years of research experience. She has worked in a variety of settings: as a research associate at Research for Action, a research consultant for Chicago public schools, and a Senior Research Analyst in the Office of Accountability for the Charlotte–Mecklenburg school (CMS) district. While at CMS, Dr. Piccinino led the qualitative fieldwork (including district, principal, and teacher-level interviews), and supported the outcomes analysis for two mixed-methods evaluations examining the CMS’ Teach for America program and the Small Schools Initiative. 

As a research associate at Research for Action, Dr. Piccinino worked on a national, multi-site examination of the implementation and effectiveness of teacher-developed formative assessment tools focusing on teachers’ perspectives and responses to using the tools for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to these positions, she gained valuable interviewing experience while at Westat, where she partnered with a variety of education and public health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Education, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Piccinino earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Florida.

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