Carrie Liston

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Carrie Liston
Research Associate

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313



Carrie S. Liston is dedicated to helping programs and organizations increase their effectiveness and impact on the world through evaluation. She collaborates with clients to design evaluations that fit the needs of their programs and ensures that findings are well understood to inform program decisions and provide evidence of impact.

Liston brings significant expertise in conducting evaluations of formal and informal programs that seek to promote equity in K–20 STEM education and increase diversity in STEM fields. Her quantitative and qualitative research also has a special focus on examining the efficacy of programs that provide educators with professional development.

Liston leads a wide range of evaluations at EDC, from studies of small, out-of-school time (OST) programs to complex investigations of national, multi-level initiatives. She is currently working on evaluations of the National Center for Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), committed to improving school-age care; a scale-up of the Techbridge after school program that engages girls in afterschool SET learning, and SciGirls Code, providing informal educators with training and curriculum to build computational thinking skills in girls. Liston conducted the evaluation for the National Girls Collaborative Project, which brings together organizations throughout the U.S. that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers and CS 10K: New Mexico Computer Science for All, a comprehensive teacher professional development program in computer science.

A skilled communicator of methods and findings, Liston shares her research with the field through reports, briefs, and presentations at the annual conferences of national organizations such as the American Evaluation Association and the American Educational Research Association. She is the lead author of Evaluating Promising Practices in Informal Information Technology (IT) Education for Girls and Evaluating Promising Practices in Informal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education for Girls. She has also coauthored articles published in Journal of Higher Education Outreach and EngagementJournal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, and CBE-Life Sciences Online.

Prior to joining EDC, Liston led STEM-related formative and summative evaluations for Evaluation & Research Associates, worked on qualitative-based evaluations at Ethnography & Evaluation Research, and conducted large-scale research projects for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Liston holds a B.A. in Psychology from Occidental College and has a Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.