Kelly Hallberg, Ph.D. is the Scientific Director for the Inclusive Economy Lab where she is responsible for the scientific rigor and direction of the Lab’s projects. Drawing on over 18 years of experience in the field, she oversees a portfolio of applied research projects designed to result in greater economic opportunity for young people harmed by discrimination, disinvestment, and segregation. She also serves as Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. A methodologist by training, she is an expert in experimental and quasi-experimental design. Her work has appeared in the Journal for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Education Researcher, Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, Prevention Science, and Evaluation Review. Before joining the University of Chicago, Dr. Hallberg was principal researcher specializing in educational program evaluation and policy analysis at the American Institutes for Research. She also previously worked at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and as an aide for Senator Tom Harkin. She holds a BA in political science from Carleton College, an MPP from Chicago Harris, and a PhD in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.
The Economics of Scale-Up
National Bureau of Economic Research paper on a significant challenge in social program implementation – the dilemma of scaling up.
In partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), and Saga Education, the Education Lab worked to scale up a promising high-dosage tutoring model that improves academic outcomes.
The Education Lab is evaluating the impact of Genesys Works, an education and workforce development program that aims to improve high school achievement, college enrollment, college persistence, employment, and earnings.
Choose to Change
The Choose to Change program combines trauma-informed therapy with wraparound supports with the goal of reducing youth violence while improving educational outcomes outside of an institutional setting.
High-Dosage Tutoring: Research Partnership with Saga Education
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered schools and induced a once-in-a-century education learning crisis for students, the Education Lab, in partnership with Saga Education and school partners in Chicago and New York City, began generating evidence on the efficacy of high-dosage tutoring.