Ramya Tallapragada

Ramya Tallapragada

Researcher
Expertise
  • Strategy development
  • Evidence-informed decision making
  • Human-centered design
  • Stakeholder engagement and facilitation
  • Cross-sector collaboration
Focus Areas
  • Human Services
  • Education
  • Strengthening and Disseminating Research
About Ramya

Ramya Tallapragada helps clients use evidence to design innovative strategies that improve organizational decision making and promote equitable outcomes. Her work covers a range of policy areas, including K–12 and postsecondary programs and economic mobility.

Tallapragada is deputy project director for Framework for Impact: Advancing Women in the Workplace, a collaboration with the Network of Executive Women. For this project, she is developing a theory of change and performance indicators that will serve as a blueprint for promoting and tracking women’s advancement in the workplace. Tallapragada also works with the Richard King Mellon Foundation on its strategy to improve economic mobility in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania. Her contributions to the project include developing an evidence-informed grantmaking framework, associated performance indicators, and tools and guidance for implementation.

She also works closely with clients to interpret and act on evaluation results. Tallapragada currently leads operations and conducts qualitative research for the multistakeholder evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s P-16 Community Investments initiative. Her work on this evaluation informs place-based systems change efforts in early learning, K–12, and postsecondary programs that seek to improve educational opportunity and equity. Separately, she co-leads a Gates Foundation initiative to improve education nonprofits’ capacity for strategic learning, providing advisory support and designing cohort learning activities. She has also co-designed learning and evaluation plans with the Middle Years Math Initiative grantees. This education initiative, funded by the Gates Foundation, focuses on improving math outcomes for Black and Latino students and students experiencing poverty.

Tallapragada, who rejoined Mathematica in 2019, holds an M.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and a B.S. in international business from the University of Maryland.