- Qualitative methods and analysis
- Technical assistance
- Program measurement, learning, and evaluation
- Human-centered design
- Human Services
Emily Gardner is a research associate in Mathematica’s Human Services Unit. Her research leverages qualitative data methods, innovative theories of change, and human-centered design in service of data-driven strategic learning, organizational decision making, and advancing equitable outcomes in education. Gardner partners with organizations and agencies dedicated to using evidence for social change, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Network of Executive Women, and the National Science Foundation. Gardner serves as a learning partner for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the Capacity Building for Strategic Learning Initiative, which aims to help education nonprofit grantees build their internal capacity to have a greater social impact. Gardner provides advisory support to the grantees and designs and facilitates cohort learning activities for the initiative.
Before joining Mathematica, Gardner conducted education research at the University of Oregon and the University of Minnesota. Gardner holds a B.A. in psychology with distinction from Colorado College and a certificate in human-centered design from IDEO.