Robert Granger is an expert on the evaluation of policies and programs meant to improve the lives of children and youth. His current interest is making research and evaluation more relevant to practitioners and policymakers.

Now an independent consultant, Dr. Granger was the President of the William T. Grant Foundation from 2003 to September, 2013. The Foundation supports research and related activities intended to improve the lives of young people. Under his leadership the Foundation focused on how social settings such as schools, community organizations, and neighborhoods influence young people; how to improve such settings; and how research can be useful to decision makers in policy and practice. This latter topic included building a robust portfolio of grantees studying how practitioners acquire, interpret, and use research evidence. Dr. Granger also led the Foundation’s national work on how to improve the quality of afterschool programs and why effects vary when intervention programs are brought to new sites. Before joining the Foundation in 2000 as Senior Vice President of Programs, Dr. Granger served as Senior Vice President of MDRC, where he led MDRC’s work on education and the effects of adult-focused policies and programs on children and youth. Prior to MDRC he was the Executive Vice President at Bank Street College of Education. Dr. Granger also was the inaugural chair of the National Board for Education Sciences during the Bush administration and was reappointed to the Board by President Obama. In addition, Dr. Granger serves on the editorial board for several professional journals, chairs the Evaluation Advisory Committee of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and is a board member of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. He received his Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education (1973) from the University of Massachusetts.

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