Rebecca A. Maynard

University Trustee Professor of Education and Social Policy

Education Policy Division

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-898-3558


Professional Biography

Dr. Maynard recently returned to the University of Pennsylvania following a two-year leave to serve as Commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) at the Institute of Education Sciences.  She is a leading expert in the design and conduct of randomized controlled trials in the areas of education and social policy, has conducted influential methodological research, and recently published open-ware tools to support the efficient design of rigorous impact evaluations.  Dr. Maynard has been a leader in the development and application of methods for conducting systematic reviews of evidence on program effectiveness, including serving on the technical review team during the design and development of the What Works Clearinghouse and being active in the workgroup that laid the groundwork for the Campbell Collaboration

Since 2005, Dr. Maynard has directed the University of Pennsylvania’s Interdisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Education Sciences.  This program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides 20 to 25 Ph.D. students from Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education with both financial support and a rich array of supplemental methods training workshops and applied research apprenticeships to strengthen their research skills, while expediting their degree completion.   

She is a Fellow of the American Education Research Association (AERA); past president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM); recipient of the Peter H. Rossi Award for Contributions to the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation (2009); co-recipient of the Society of Prevention Research (SPR) Public Service Award (2008); and recipient of the Best Book Award, Society for Research on Adolescents (SRA) (1998).

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993, she was Senior Vice President at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.  

Research Interests and Current Projects

Currently, Dr. Maynard is engaged in a number of research projects, ranging from an international comparative study of strategies for preparing secondary school math and science teachers for their teaching practices and for student outcomes to studies of innovative strategies for preparing low-skilled young adults for the workforce both in the United States and in developing countries.  She serves on a variety of advisory panels and workgroups, including the Board for the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE).

Selected Publications

Nianbo, N. & Maynard, R.: PowerUp!: A tool for calculating minimum detectable effect sizes and minimum required sample sizes for experimental and quasi-experimental design studies. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness 6(1), 24-67. 2013. 

Hawkinson, L. E., Griffen, A., Dong, N., & Maynard, R.:The relationship between child care subsidies and children’s cognitive development. Early Childhood Research Quarterly 28(2) 388-404. doi: 

Hoffman, S., & Maynard, R.: The study, the context, and findings in brief. Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy. S. Hoffman & R. Maynard (eds.). Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute Press, Page: 1-24, 2008.

Maynard, R., & Hoffman, S.: The costs of adolescent childbearing. Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy. S. Hoffman & R. Maynard (eds.). Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute Press, Page: 359-402, 2008.

Dong, N., Maynard, R., & Perez-Johnson, I.: Averaging effect sizes within and across studies of interventions aimed at improving child outcomes. Child Development Perspectives 2(3): 187-197, 2008.

Herman, R., Dawson, P., Dee, T., Greene, J., Maynard, R., Redding, S., & Dawson, M.: Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools. IES Practice Guide. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, 2008.

Amato, P., & Maynard, R.: Decreasing nonmarital births and increasing marriage to reduce poverty. The Future of Children. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, 17(2), Fall 2007.

Herman, R., Boruch, R., Powel, R., & Mayard, R.: Overcoming the challenge: A response to Alan Schoenfeld’s “What Doesn’t Work" American Education Research Journal 2007.

Perez-Johnson, I., & Maynard, R.: The case for early targeted interventions to prevent academic failure. Peabody Journal of Education 82(4): 589-616, 2007.

Maynard, R., & Wilcox, B.: Conducting Field Experiments of Setting-level Policies and Practices. New York: William T. Grant Foundation Annual Report, 2007.

Maynard, R. : Presidential address: Evidence-based decision making: What will it take for the decision makers to care? Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 25(2): 1-17, 2006.