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Annalee Kelly

Senior Survey Researcher
  • Survey research and data collection
  • Site recruitment and interviewer training
  • Tests of assessment instruments
  • Quality assurance visits
Focus Areas
  • Early Childhood
  • Child Development
  • Child Welfare
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
  • Human Services
About Annalee

Annalee Kelly has extensive experience in conducting and leading survey research for numerous early childhood education and school nutrition studies. Her expertise includes recruiting sites, testing and revising assessment instruments, training field interviewers, and conducting quality assurance site visits. 

Kelly is currently directing the survey efforts of an ongoing, longitudinal study of Head Start program quality and child outcomes. She has also worked on several studies involving the examination of National School Lunch Program (NSLP)/School Breakfast Program (SBP) eligibility requirements, benefits, and dietary quality. For example, she directed district data collection efforts for an evaluation of NSLP and SBP demonstrations to directly certify children receiving Medicaid benefits. Her recent work also includes directing the field data collection efforts of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of four evidence-based home visiting programs at improving maternal and infant health and well-being. For this study, she directed efforts to gather data from up to 5,100 expectant and new mothers interested in enrolling in home visiting services in 85 sites across 12 states. 

Prior to joining Mathematica, Kelly held positions at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and the Paterson Education Fund. She has a M.Ed. in learning, cognition and development from Rutgers University.

Key Projects
  • Head Start: The Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES)

    Mathematica conducted the 2006 and 2009 FACES studies, and, for the most recent studies (2014-2018 and 2019), redesigned FACES to provide key data more rapidly and with greater frequency and to help researchers examine more complex issues and topics in greater detail with more efficiency.

  • School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV (SNDA IV)

    Mathematica's SNDA-IV study examined the nutritional quality of meals and snacks offered and served to children in the NSLP and SBP. The study also assessed other issues related to school food environments and meal service operations, including policies about and availability of competitive foods (foods...