Erin Stafford

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Erin Stafford
Research Associate II

Mailing Address: 

770 N. Halsted Street, Suite 205
Chicago, IL  60642



Erin Stafford has extensive experience working directly with formal and informal education practitioners and nonprofit professionals to design, refine, and evaluate education curricula, interventions, and professional development experiences.

Stafford leads all analytic technical assistance projects for the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC. Her work includes guiding practitioners in setting research agendas, building the capacity of state- and district-level practitioners to use data in their practice, and assisting school and district teams in incorporating continuous improvement processes into their decision-making.  In her role as a researcher for both REL Northeast & Islands and REL-Midwest, Stafford manages survey development projects, data collection efforts, and prototype and usability testing. She also specializes in the development of focus group, interview, and observation protocols.

Stafford has evaluated and provided technical assistance to grantees under the McCormick Foundation’s Why News Matters initiative and has served as an evaluator for a local Chicago Park District community engagement effort. She also leads the evaluation efforts on the HRSA Home Visiting Improvement Action Center (HV-ImpACT).

Recently, Stafford coauthored three Institute of Education Sciences publications on virtual education: Professional Experiences of Online Teachers: Training and Challenges, Online Course Use in Iowa and Wisconsin Public High Schools: Results of Two Statewide Surveys, and An Analysis of Student Engagement Patterns and Online Course Outcomes in Wisconsin. In addition, Stafford is the coauthor of a three-part IES series on survey methods for education practitioners.

Before joining EDC, Stafford served as manager of research, evaluation and assessment for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, and as an evaluator at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. 

Stafford received her BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. She has an MA in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University.