Anna Nicotera

Anna Nicotera

Senior Researcher

Anna Nicotera is a Senior Researcher at Basis Policy Research who specializes in quantitative and qualitative applied research methods to evaluate the impact and implementation of policies, programs, and governance structures on educational opportunities and outcomes. Anna has over 15 years of experience researching and evaluating education reform initiatives.

Her recent projects include assessing the implementation and impact of an educator human capital management system on student and teacher outcomes, examining the impact of a statewide teacher residency program in New Mexico, evaluating an initiative that uses student-centered coaching to accelerate student learning, and examining the impact of school choice reform efforts on student outcomes.

Over her ten years at Basis, Anna has successfully led several multi-year, federally funded research and program evaluations, including U.S. Department of Education Charter School Program grants, Teacher and School Leader Incentive grants, an Education Innovation and Research grant, and Regional Education Laboratory research studies.

Before joining Basis, Anna was the senior director of research at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools where she developed the Public Charter School Dashboard. At Vanderbilt, she was a pre-doctoral research fellow with the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). She served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education’s Evaluation of the Charter Schools Program and the redesign of the Schools and Staffing Survey. She is a member of the Colorado Collaboratory on Equitable Evaluation.

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