Anja Kurki

Managing Researcher

Anja Kurki has extensive research project management experience and has led various tasks including recruitment, large-scale data collections, data analyses, and report writing on several randomized controlled trials funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and the U.S. Department of Education. She currently works as the project director for the IES-funded Good Behavioral Game Professional Development Models study, managing all aspects of the study including recruitment, data collection, analyses and result dissemination.

In addition, Dr. Kurki led the recruitment task for the IES-funded Teacher and Leader Evaluation Systems study, overseeing development of recruitment materials, training, and the recruitment of districts and schools. She was AIR’s project director for the recently completed teacher level randomized trial The Impact of Collaborative Strategic Reading on the Reading Comprehension of Grade 5 Students in Linguistically Diverse Schools.

Dr. Kurki has extensive experience in research design (both experimental and quasi-experimental), instrument development (including classroom observation protocol systems and web-based data collection and reporting systems), and analysis of complex data, including multilevel modeling, missing data analysis and imputation, and propensity scoring.

Ph.D., Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park; M.A., Political Science, University of Turku, Finland