Rebecca A. Maynard
University Trustee Chair Professor of Education and Social Policy, Emeritus
University of Pennsylvania
Rebecca Maynard is a leading expert in the design and conduct of randomized controlled trials in the areas of education and social policy. She has conducted influential methodological research, including co-developing PowerUP! to support efficient sample designs for causal inference studies, and she has been influential in advancing the application of research synthesis methods in education and social policy. She designed and directed the University’s Predoctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-based Education Research, which served more than 75 Ph.D. students from Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education between 2004 and 2016. From 2010 through 2012, she served as Commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), where she oversaw the Institute’s evaluation initiatives, the What Works Clearinghouse, the Regional Education Laboratories, and the National Library of Education.
She is a Fellow of the American Education Research Association, an elected member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology, and recipient of the Peter H. Rossi Award for Contributions to the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation (2009) and the Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Best Book Award for Kids Having Kids (1998). She also is past President of both the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1993, she was Senior Vice President at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Current and Recent Research Projects and Advisory Roles
Dr. Maynard has a varied portfolio of research projects, including roles as co-investigator for the Center for Research Use in Education and for an IES-funded evaluation of Year Up’s Professional Training Corps programs; co-PI for an IES-funded project of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness to develop a Registry of Causal Inference Research in Education; and as a member of the technical team for the What Works Clearinghouse Statistics, Website and Training (WWC-SWAT) project. In addition, she serves on numerous advisory boards and committees, including the advisory boards for Project Evident, Horizons National, the Western International School of Shanghai, and the Committee on Evidence-based Practices for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Published Research Tools
Dong, N., Kelcy, B., Spybrook, J., & Maynard, R. A. (2016). PowerUp! Moderator: A tool for calculating statistical power and minimum detectable effect size differences of the moderator effects in cluster randomized trials. [Software]. http://www.causalevaluation.org/.
Dong, N., Kelcy, B., Spybrook, J., & Maynard, R. (2016). PowerUp! Mediator: A tool for calculating statistical power for causally-defined mediation in cluster randomized trials. [Software]. http://www.causalevaluation.org/.
Dong, N., & Maynard, R. (2013). PowerUp!: Main Effects: A tool for calculating minimum detectable effect sizes and sample size requirements for experimental and quasi-experimental designs. [Software]. http://www.causalevaluation.org/.
M.S. & Ph.D. (Economics - Public Finance & Labor), University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A. (Economics), University of Connecticut, Phi Beta Kappa
Areas of Expertise
Education and social welfare policy
Economics of education
Experimental & qualitative research methods
Research synthesis methods