Dr. Karen Armstrong

Dr. Karen Armstrong (Ed.D., Research Methods, Harvard Graduate School of Education; M.E. Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education; M.A., Public Policy Studies, Duke University), has more than 20 years’ experience in analyzing education, labor, and social service programs and policies. Her experience encompasses a combination of federal level research, strong methodological training, and grass roots implementation.   This experience enables her to manage evaluations that are feasible and actionable at the local level and are rigorous and highly valued at the national level.

Dr. Armstrong has extensive training and expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods. She successfully integrates the two methodological approaches to provide thorough and instructive analyses of programs and policies.  While at IMPAQ, Dr. Armstrong’s research has focused on employment and training programs as well as food security programs. She is currently the project director for the 3rd party evaluation of an innovative program funded through a DOL grant that operates in several community colleges.  The evaluation includes impact, outcome, and implementation analyses.  She is also the lead researcher for a Work Innovation Fund (WIF) grant that is using a systems approach to increase the supply of skilled laborers in the manufacturing industry. In these projects, Dr. Armstrong excels as a manager and provides strong leadership and guidance to her project team members. 

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Armstrong worked for six years at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.  While at IES, Dr. Armstrong oversaw the work of the three Regional Education Laboratories (RELS), designed and managed evaluations, and led research dissemination efforts.  Earlier in her career, she led a research team in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and worked as a policy analyst on welfare reform in the Assistant Secretary’s Office of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in DHHS. 

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Armstrong, K. (2015, August). ACT-On (Alaska, California, Texas, and Oregon) TAACCCT Consortium. Presentation at the National Association for Welfare Research Annual Workshop, Atlanta, GA.