William Bickel

Professor, Administrative and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Senior Scientist, Professor Emeritus, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

  • Evaluation research and methodology
  • Educational policy studies
  • Educational reform & history

Iriti, J., Bickel, W., Schunn, C., & Stein, M. K. (2016). Maximizing research and development resources: Identifying and testing “load-bearing conditions” for educational technology innovations. Educational Technology Research & Development, 64, 245-262.

Bickel, W. E., Childs, J., & Iriti, J. E. (2013). Documentation of the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ (PPS) Equity Planning and Implementation: Phase II. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, LRDC, University of Pittsburgh.

Iriti, J. E., & Bickel, W. E., & Julia Kaufmann, Wang, E. (2013). The Pittsburgh Promise: Potential Annual Indicators 2013. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, LRDC, University of Pittsburgh.

Iriti, J. E., & Bickel, W. E. (2013). Evaluation of the 2013 Summer Dreamers Academy, Non-Academic Outcomes. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, LRDC, University of Pittsburgh.

Bickel, W. E., Iriti, J.E. (2013).  Literature Brief on ParentalInvolvement in School Reform: Parent Advocacy for Positive School Climate.  Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, LRDC, University of Pittsburgh.

Iriti, J. E., & Bickel, W. E., with C. Long (May 31, 2012). Mentoring to The Promise: Evaluation of the Be a 6th Grade Mentor Program. Pittsburgh, PA: United Way of Pittsburgh

Iriti, J. E., Bickel, W. E., & Kaufman, J. H. (September, 2012). Realizing "The Promise:" Scholar retention and persistence in post-secondary education. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center.

Bickel, W. E., Iriti, J. E. (2011). "The use of intermediary organizations in philanthropy: A briefing report to The Heinz Endowments' Education Program." Pittsburgh, PA: Evaluation for Learning Project, Learning Research and development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Bickel, W. E., Iriti, J. E., & Meredith, J. (2010). Learning Protocol for Learning From Grantmaking. In: Tip-of-the-Day by and for Evaluators Series, Washington, DC: American Evaluation Association.

Bickel, W. E., Iriti, J. E., & Nelson, C. A. (2010). Strategies for integrating evaluative inquiry into the work of private foundations: A case example of a "Retainer Relationship." Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh, Evaluation for Learning Project.

Iriti, J. E., & Bickel, W. E. (2010). Secondary Education in the United States. Briefing report prepared for the Heinz Endowments' Education Program for strategic planning. Pittsburgh, PA: Evaluation for Learning Group at the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Iriti, J. E., Nelson, C. A., & Bickel, W. E. (2010). Ball-Rowland Unified School District partnership evaluation report. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Iriti, J.E., Bickel, W.E., Meredith, J., & Walker, M. (2009). Looking inward to keep The Promise: What do Pittsburgh charter high schools do to prepare students for post-secondary education? Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Bickel, W. E., & Iriti, J. E. (2009). Making real choices happen in traditional public schools: Lessons to be learned from non-traditional choice settings. University of Pittsburgh: Learning Policy Brief, 2, 1-7.

Strichman, N., & Bickel, W. E. (2008). Adaptive capacity in Israeli social change nonprofits. Nonprofit & Volunteer Quarterly, 37, 224-248.

Iriti, J., Bickel, W. E., & Nelson, C. A. (2008). Ball foundation partnership evaluation: Understanding the engagement phase. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Bickel, W. E., Iriti, J. E., & Nelson, C. A. (2008, November). Integrating evaluative inquiry into the work of private foundations: A case study of a hybrid "Retainer Model." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO.

Bickel, W. E., Hendricks, A., Iriti, J., & Nelson, C. A. (November, 2007). Barriers to Organizational Learning in Private Foundations. THINK TANK at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Baltimore, MD.

Bickel, W. E., Iriti, J. E., & Nelson, C. A. (2007). Educational Leadership Initiative: Pilot Year Final External Evaluation Report. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Bickel, W. E., Hendricks, A., Iriti, J., & Nelson, C. A. (2006, November). Integrating evaluation into the learning processes of private foundations. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Portland, Oregon.

Nelson, C. A., Bickel, W. E., Iriti, J., & Murphy, N. (2006). District-Wide Urban High School Reform: What does it look like? What does it take to do it right? Scan of National Trends, Best Practices, and Empirical Research. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Iriti, J. E., & Bickel, W. E. (2004). Evaluation Report: The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project's Partnership Program. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Bill Bickel and Jennifer Iriti wrote the article, "Supporting Urban Education with Decision-Oriented Educational Research" for the December issue of PittEd-School of Education Magazine.

December 2014

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Principal Investigator Jennifer Iriti and Co-PIs, William Bickel, Lindsay Page, and Rip Correnti, received a grant for "Evidence-based Tools for Right-Matching Students' Postsecondary Selections" from the Pittsburgh Promise. The research is designed to provide the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), the Pittsburgh Promise, and Propel Charter Schools with a better understanding of the post-secondary patterns of their graduates, how to improve these patterns, and solution frameworks and tools customized to challenges and opportunities identified.

June 2014

Jennifer Iriti and Bill Bickel have received a grant from the Pittsburgh Promise to analyze data on Promise scholarship recipients. The goal of the project is to produce the 2014 annual indicators of progress. These include post secondary retention and degree attainment rates of Promise recipients.

March 31, 2014

Pittsburgh Promise 2013 report to the community features the work of LRDC's Evaluation for Learning Group, Jen Iriti, Bill Bickel, Julia Kaufman, and Elaine Wang

September 24, 2013

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Promise annual report boast of good retention rate

September 28, 2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jennifer Iriti presented evaluation data on the Pittsburgh Promise during the scholarship program's annual report to the community.

September 27, 2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Appointed to the Advisory Board for the Institute for International Studies in Education's (IISE) new book series titled: Pittsburgh Studies in Comparative and International Education (PSCIE), with Sense Publishers.

In The Encyclopedia of Evaluation (S. Mathison, Ed., 2005)

2005

Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA

Outstanding Discussant Award

1991

American Educational Research Association, Division H

Evaluation Utilization Award with Paul LeMahieu

1988

American Educational Research Association, Division H