Elizabeth Pierson


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Elizabeth’s research and evaluation work has two unique foci highlighting her diverse training and experiences: (1) informal science learning, and (2) educational technology and international development. She also has extensive experience with project management, instrument design, and program evaluation, which she has implemented on numerous projects both domestically and abroad.

Elizabeth’s work in informal science learning spans her career at EDC and before. Currently, she is the lead researcher on two evaluations looking at university-based, engineering-focused out-of-school-time programs aimed at expanding the pipeline to STEM careers for underrepresented minorities, including girls and Black and Latinx students. Elizabeth has been the project director since 2017 for the evaluation of the Cooper Union K-12 STEM Outreach Program that offers summer and Saturday programs for high school students with a focus on hands-on engineering and design experiences in an authentic university setting. She also is the project manager for the evaluation of the National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded collaboration with Columbia University that provides an intensive summer training for New York City high schools students and teachers with a focus on biomedical engineering design.

Elizabeth has worked both internationally and in the U.S. on a variety of research and evaluation projects related to educational technology and development. Projects funded by IBM, Intel, USAID, and the Inter-American Development Bank have all focused on the role of technology in supporting 21st-century school and system reform. Since 2015 she has been an evaluator on the Sesame Dream, Save, Do project that aims to teach financial empowerment to children ages 3-8, using digital and print materials in emerging market countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Pierson has co-authored numerous articles and presentations and presented at industry conferences. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Instruction; International Journal for e-Learning Security; International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education; Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journa; and as two chapters in ICT in Education in Global Context: Emerging Trends Report 2013-2014. She has presented at International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (2011, 2015); American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2012, 2014); Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) (2010, 2012, 2013); American Evaluation Association (AEA) (2010, 2011); Ubiquitous Learning Conference (2012); and Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) (2011).

Prior to joining EDC in 2008, Elizabeth worked at a school principal leadership development academy in New York City, directed youth-led community development projects in Panama and Costa Rica, coached high-school field hockey in New England, and taught science and English to elementary students at a bilingual school in Quito, Ecuador. Elizabeth holds an MA in International Education Development from Columbia University's Teachers College and a BA in Environmental Studies from Vassar College.