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Jennifer Iriti

Director of Evaluation for Learning Group, Evaluation for Learning

Iriti, J., Page, L., & Bickel, W. (2017). Place-based scholarships: Catalysts for systems reform to improve postsecondary attainment. International Journal of Educational Development. DOE: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2017.02.002

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.

Page, L. C. & Iriti, J. E. (2016). On Undermatch and College Cost. In A. P. Kelly, J. S. Howell, & C. Sattin-Bajaj (Eds.), Matching Students to Opportunity (pp. 135-159). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Iriti, J., Bickel, B., Schunn, C., & Stein, M.K. (2015). Load-bearing conditions for educational technology innovations. Educational Technology Research and Development, 63(5).

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.

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., 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.

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.

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., & Bickel, W. E. (2010). Looking inward to keep The Promise: How Pittsburgh high schools prepare students for post-secondary education- Year 2. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, 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.

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.

Iriti, J. E. (2009). Pittsburgh Young Leaders' Academy Year 1 Evaluation Report. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Cares.

Iriti, J. E. (2009). Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy Year 2 Evaluation Report. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Cares.

Iriti, J.E. & Nelson, C. A. (2008). Rochelle Lee Fund Approach and Metrics: 2003-2007 Cross Year Evaluation Summary. Chicago, IL: Boundless Readers.

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.

Lindsay C. Page, LRDC Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Research Methodology, and Jennifer Iriti, LRDC Research Associate and Director, Evaluation for Learning Group, were featured in the Pitt Chronicle article "Research on Pittsburgh Promise Shows 'Match' Matters."

December 15, 2016

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LRDC Research Associate and Director of Evaluation for Learning Group Jennifer Iriti has been awarded a grant from the Pittsburgh School District to evaluate the Summer Dreamers Academy.

December 2016

LRDC Research Scientists Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti's work is cited in the new White House report on Investing in Higher Education on page 22.

September 2016

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LRDC Research Associate Jennifer Iriti is quoted in the MarketWatch article on Promise programs "These Cities have been Offering Free College for Years."

September 10, 2016

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Jennifer Iriti, Director of Evaluation for Learning Group, was an invited presenter at a Summit on College Affordability hosted at the Ford Foundation by the Campaign for Free College Tuition. Jen shared a summary of the research on the effect of college scholarship programs, such as the Pittsburgh Promise, to an audience of 50 University, non-profit, and government officials, including Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell.

June 27, 2016

Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti were invited members of a meeting of the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in Washington, DC. Page and Iriti, along with approximately 40 university academics and policy researchers from across the country, formed an advisory group designed to inform the Obama administration’s thinking on higher education policy and implications associated with making community college education universally free.

January 2016

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Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti’s research on the Pittsburgh Promise, specifically, high school retention rates and persistence for college completion, figures prominently in the October 27 Pittsburgh Business Times.

November 2015

"Don’t Blame the Promise,” written by Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti, in the September 6, 2015, Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

September 2015

Jennifer Iriti has been awarded a grant by the Pittsburgh Promise, a postsecondary scholarship program, to analyze the postsecondary retention, persistence, and degree attainment of its scholars.

July 2015

Jennifer Iriti (PI) has been awarded a grant by the United Way of Allegheny County to lead an impact evaluation study of the "Be a Middle School Mentor" program (a joint effort of the United Way and Pittsburgh Public Schools).

July 2015

Jennifer Iriti was featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times article, "Look Beyond Just Test Scores When Choosing District."

April 13, 2015

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Jennifer Iriti and Lindsay Page have been awarded a grant as part of a Lumina-funded effort to develop a network of researchers on Promise scholarship programs and to build the empirical base of the approach. Jen and Lindsay will conduct analyses of the impact of the Pittsburgh-Promise on postsecondary outcomes and will develop the content for a resource clearinghouse for other Promise programs to aid them in monitoring and evaluating their programs.

February 16, 2015

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

Jean M. Slack Doctoral Fellowship: 2002 recipient

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