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- Education program and policy analysis
- Design research
- Program evaluation
- Technical assistance
- Evaluation technical assistance
- Data visualization
- Human Services
- College and Career Readiness
- Effective Data Use
- Literacy and Numeracy
- School Reform
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- Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
- Juvenile Justice
Lauren Banks Amos is a senior researcher at Mathematica. She has 20 years of experience in program evaluation, technical assistance, and design research supporting federal, state, and local education agency efforts to improve disparities and disproportionality in the public education, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems. Building on a background in information technology and research in behavioral economics, cognitive science, and visual analytics, Amos specializes in the design of interactive decision support tools for practitioners (for example, risk assessment dashboards and cost-benefit simulations). Her experience includes helping clients such as the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and New York City Public Schools monitor, measure, and maximize the social, behavioral, technological, and economic influence of their investments in human capital. These investments include needs-based school funding models, collective impact for community-wide transformation, alternatives to exclusionary school discipline, STEM talent development, pay-for-performance initiatives, and online communities of practice. Amos’s current work includes serving on the Institute of Education Sciences’ Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic as the principal investigator for a study on school discipline in Maryland and as the co-principal investigator for a study on school climate in Pennsylvania.
Amos joined Mathematica in 2019. She has a Ph.D. in the learning sciences from Northwestern University and a B.A. in public policy studies and English from Duke University.