Our Team

The Basis team brings a wide array of skills and perspectives to our work, but we are united in a commitment to our vision: improving lives by informing critical decisions. We draw on our expertise in research design and data analysis and our experience gained working in the field to serve our partners' needs. Our team members understand the challenges our partners face and are passionate about engaging with them 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.  He focuses on connecting our partners to our expertise and passion in these areas.

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.

Evan Rhinesmith

Evan Rhinesmith

Senior Associate

Evan works with partners ranging from nationally focused foundations to private school networks to evaluate initiatives and identify policy trends.

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.