Dr. Michaela Gulemetova

Dr. Gulemetova (Ph.D., Economics, University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Finance, Université de Dauphine - Paris) has extensive training in advanced econometrics, particularly quasi-experimental methods and their applications to evaluation and policy analysis. In addition, she has a wealth of experience in education research and program evaluation, both U.S. domestically and internationally.  She has over 7 years of professional experience in proposal development, project management, research analysis, report writing, and results dissemination.

Much of Dr. Gulemetova’s research has focused on measuring the effects of education interventions such as after school programs for minority students, teacher incentive reforms in U.S. public schools, and health, nutrition and gender equity interventions in rural schools in developing countries.  While at IMPAQ, Dr. Gulemetova has evaluated several education programs including the Evaluation and Assessment of the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) funded by the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) in the U.S. and the Evaluation of the Food for Education Program (Beoog Biiga) by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Burkina Faso. For these projects, she has taken leadership roles in developing the evaluation methodologies, designing survey instruments, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, implementing and supervising data collection, and report writing and presentation of findings. Dr. Gulemetova has also served as a task leader for the following projects: Noncognitive Factor Intervention Landscape and Taxonomy in Higher Education and Employers funded by the Gates foundation, a Social Return on Investment Analysis of Race to the Top Initiative funded by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, and the National Evaluation of Comprehensive Centers funded by the US Department of Education.  Prior to joining IMPAQ, she  designed the evaluation of the Denver ProComp on teachers’ compensation and school expenditures, completed a national study of teachers and school staff perceptions on bullying prevention, and conducted a teen pregnancy and high school dropout study of low income public school students from Philadelphia.

Methodologically, Dr. Gulemetova’s expertise covers quantitative econometrics methods for analyzing longitudinal data, mixed methods evaluation, and survey research. She has worked with several large national datasets, including the Common Core of Data, Schools and Staffing Surveys, American Community Surveys, and U.S. Census data. She is experienced in designing survey instruments for youth, teachers, parents, school staff, conducting pilot tests and cognitive interviews with respondents; conducting phone and in-person interviews with education stakeholders; facilitating focus groups of teachers and school support staff; and training and supervising data collection enumerators in the field.  Dr. Gulemetova is fluent in English, French and Bulgarian and is proficient in Stata.

Featured IMPAQ Publications and Presentations

Gulemetova, M. & Safarha, E. (2016, March). Lisez-vous Français? Early Grade Reading in Francophone Africa: A multi-country comparison of assessment tools, data, and program design. Presentation at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Schoua-Glusberg, A., Gulemetova, M., Cordero, J., Gupta, S. & Mukharya, P. (2017, November). Cognitive Testing in Challenging Environments. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Washington, DC.

Gulemetova, M., Dessein, L. & Safarha, E. (2017, March). Program evaluation of cross-country comparison - ASER, a common reading tool. Presentation at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Cutting, L., Gulemetova, M. & Borelli, S. (2018, March). Are Programs Focused on Socioemotional Skills for Disadvantaged Youth Worth it? Impact Evaluation of the Young Potential Development Program in Ecuador. Presentation at the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference (CIES), Mexico City, Mexico.

Gulemetova, M. (2014, April). Evaluation of Enseña por México?. Webinar presentation at the Teach for All Public Sector Support Network Learning Trip, Puebla, Mexico.

Gulemetova, M. (2016, October). RCT Evaluation in Ecuador of the Young Potential Development Program Providing Life Skills to at-Risk Youth. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Beesley, A., Gulemetova, M. & Fancsali, C. (2018, March). Building Mathematical Identity After School: Year 1 of a Cluster-Randomized Trial. Presentation at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) Spring Conference, Washington, DC.

Gulemetova, M. & Beesley, A. (2017, November). Working with a Survey Vendor – Why, When, and How. Poster at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Washington, DC.