Kelly Piccinino Director of Research Operations and Senior Research Associate

Kelly Piccinino

Kelly Piccinino is the director of research operations and senior research associate at MAI. Dr. Piccinino is a seasoned mixed-methods evaluator, with over 18 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 has lead dozens of mixed-methods evaluations and recently served as an evaluation coach providing intensive supports to six Philadelphia organizations through Pew Charitable Trusts Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative (ECBI) and the William Penn Foundation’s Social Impact Collaborative (SIC). Dr. Piccinino also leads several MAI projects, including evaluation and capacity building initiatives for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and PowerCorpsPHL; the Elev8 evaluation where she worked with school districts in Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland, and New Mexico to request student-level data; has led youth development program evaluations with a trauma-informed focus such as the BBBSA Technology-Enhanced Mentoring evaluation, Amachi, and the National Cares Mentoring Movement evaluation; and led the Target, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Play Everywhere Challenge formative evaluation and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Relationship Management evaluation.

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

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