Research Scientist, Institute for Human Development and Social Change
Affiliation(s): The Institute of Human Development and Social Change, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Degree(s): BA, Brandeis University; MPP, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago; PhD, Psychology and Social Intervention, NYU
Research Interests: Variation in impact; program implementation and optimization; program scale; public policy; education policy; teacher training and support; intervention adaptation for differing contexts/populations
Kate Schwartz’s research focuses on improving education and supporting the adults most critical to child development for children and youth growing up in disadvantaged circumstances. The majority of her work is conducted in partnership with on the ground not-for-profit organizations and focuses on for who and how programs work, better understanding programs, and program improvement in addition to main impact analyses. She received her doctorate from NYU’s Psychology and Social Intervention program and is currently a Research Scientist at Global TIES for Children: a research center within the Institute for Human Development and Social Change that focuses on pre-primary and primary education in conflict-affected and low-income countries. Kate’s main work there is a collaboration with the International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop providing early childhood education and caregiver support for 0-6 year olds within the Syrian refugee response (with NYU as the external research partner). She also acts as an internal point person for quantitative research/design.
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