Our Team

The Basis team brings a diverse set of skills and perspectives to our work. We share a common vision to improve lives by informing critical decisions. Our expertise in research design and data analytics, coupled with experience working in the field, serves a variety of needs. We understand the challenges our partners face and are eager to provide real solutions.

David Stuit

David Stuit

Managing Partner

David is a managing partner and co-founder at Basis and an expert in education policy, applied statistics, and measurement. In addition to overseeing research operations at Basis, he provides thought leadership and strategic counsel to policymakers across the nation.

Jeff Springer

Jeff Springer

Managing Partner

Jeff is a managing partner and co-founder at Basis and an expert in data management, statistical programming, performance evaluation, and education finance.  

Anna Nicotera

Anna Nicotera

Senior Associate

Anna’s research focuses on the impact of macro-level policies, programs, and governance structures on student-level educational opportunities and outcomes.

Matthew Pepper

Matthew Pepper

Senior Associate

Matthew has extensive expertise in program evaluation and specializes in the development of tools that allow us to collect on-the-ground perspectives.

Kiel McQueen

Kiel McQueen

Senior Associate

Kiel specializes in designing and conducting mixed-methods evaluations of educational programs and interventions.  His research focuses on professional learning initiatives aimed at improving teacher retention and effectiveness.

Lauren Shaw

Lauren Shaw

Associate

Lauren manages projects and conducts data analysis to respond to our partners’ needs in areas ranging from enhancing students’ out-of-school learning opportunities to evaluating statewide school turnaround initiatives.

Sam VanGroningen

Sam VanGroningen

Associate

Sam works with our partners to design and implement research solutions that strengthen community improvement initiatives.

Grant Alphenaar

Grant Alphenaar

Research Associate

Grant collaborates with other members of the Basis team to conduct comprehensive assessments of teacher and school performance and provide partners with insight into educator effectiveness.

Our Locations

Our team works with partners across the country from Arizona to Washington, DC. We have offices in three locations: Grand Rapids, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; and the Research Triangle of North Carolina.

We are an independent research firm specializing in policy research & program evaluation, delivering reliable data to inform policy & guide decision-making.