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Erin Stafford

Erin Stafford, M.A. has over 12 years of experience working directly with formal and informal education practitioners to design, refine, and evaluate education curricula, interventions, and professional development experiences. She currently oversees all analytic technical assistance projects for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) and serves as the alliance researcher for REL Midwest’s Virtual Education Research Alliance. In these roles, Stafford has led practitioners in setting research agendas, helped build the capacity of state- and district-level practitioners to understand and use data in their practice, and helped incorporate continuous improvement processes into school and district teams’ decisions. In a research capacity for both REL-NEI and REL Midwest, Stafford also has managed survey development and analysis projects, data collection efforts, prototype and usability testing, and the development of focus group, interview, and observation protocols. Prior to working at EDC, Stafford served as the manager of research, evaluation, and assessment at the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and as an evaluator at the Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago.