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- Evaluations of programs that serve young children and their parents
- Developing and training in early childhood assessments
- Evidence-based practices for educators
- Evaluation design
- Survey development
- Early Childhood
- Child Development
- Human Services
Shannon Monahan has expertise in developing early childhood assessments and observational measures, evaluating programs that serve young children and their parents, supporting the early childhood workforce, and formulating evidence-based practices for educators.
Monahan was the survey director for a measures development project, the Quality of Caregiver–Child Interactions for Infants and Toddlers (Q-CCIIT), and co-developed a measure of caregiver–child interactions for infants and toddlers. She also is the deputy project director for a project that is creating and evaluating research-based professional development resources that align with the Q-CCIIT observational measure. Monahan also directed a project that created a conceptual framework of early childhood teachers’ use of child assessment to individualize instruction and developed a measure to examine this process. All of these projects were funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
Monahan is working with colleagues at Mathematica to make the Q-CCIIT measure and observer training available to the public through Q-CCIIT Forward.
In the education sector, Monahan was the topical products lead for the Institute of Education Sciences’ What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). She oversaw the development of a variety of products intended to provide useful information in appealing formats to educators, policymakers, and researchers. She was also principal investigator for an evidence review of infant and toddler early education services for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in partnership with ACF.
Monahan joined Mathematica in 2007. She is a reviewer for the National Research Conference on Early Childhood and Early Childhood Research Quarterly. She holds a Ph.D. in applied psychology and human development from the University of Pennsylvania.
Learning About Infant and Toddler Early Education Services (LITES): Identifying What Works
This project sought to identify effective models of early care and education services for infants and toddlers by reviewing the evidence on current and emerging programs.
Measurement Development: Quality of Caregiver-Child Interactions for Infants and Toddlers
Mathematica developed a new measure to assess the quality of caregiver-child interactions for infants and toddlers in nonparental care. The measure can be used across child care settings, including center‐based and family child care settings, as well as single- and mixed-age classrooms.
Using Progress Monitoring in Early Childhood Education: Assessing Methods and Developing an Evidence-Based Model
This study involved designing a multi-method measure to understand how teachers implement and use ongoing assessment to individualize instruction.