Michigan Education Data Fellows

First Cohort of Michigan Education Data Fellows includes Dana Sherry, D'Wayne Bell, Melissa Helberg, and Dionisio Garcia Piriz (seated in the front row, from left to right).

First Cohort of Michigan Education Data Fellows includes Dana Sherry, D'Wayne Bell, Melissa Helberg, and Dionisio Garcia Piriz (seated in the front row, from left to right).

In 2013 EPI established and launched the Michigan Education Data Fellowship summer internship program. The program is tailored to provide federal, state and local education agencies with the capacity to tackle high-profile, rapid-turnaround projects with support from the country's leading education researchers. This unique program expands classroom instruction to cutting-edge research in education policy.

EPI faculty and staff train graduate students in quantitative methods geared to education policy and practice and serve as mentors throughout the onsite placement. This includes designing and conducting training modules tailored to assigned projects, orientation to data sets, advanced analytical training, ongoing support and review of project outcomes. Throughout the program Michigan Education Data Fellows expand their technical and policy skills while contributing to pressing issues.

Since the program's inception, Michigan Education Data Fellows have contributed to projects at the Michigan Department of Education's Office of Evaluation, Strategic Research and Accountability, and Center for Educational Performance and Information.

Summer 2013: Our first cohort of data fellows included D'Wayne Bell (MPP '14), Dionisio Garcia Piriz (MPP, MA-Economics '14), Melissa Helberg (MA-Education '13) and Dana Sherry (MPP '14).

Projects included:

  • No Child Left Behind accountability policy briefs
  • Assessing an achievement gap closure pilot program
  • Analysis of personal curriculum use across the state
  • The impact of increasing college applications through targeted information

Summer 2014: The second cohort of fellows included Sarah Anderson (MPP '15), Dan Hiaeshutter-Rice (MPP '15), Prabhdeep Kehal (MPP and MA-Education '15) and Jon Luke (MPP and MA-Education '15). Fellows developed critical coding and data analysis skills while working on extremely large administrative data sets.

"Big data is a huge thing right now," said Rice, "but it is so often misunderstood. There is an immense amount of work that goes into cleaning and manipulating data so it can actually give us an answer to a question."

Summer 2015: The third cohort of fellows Meredith Reid and Austin Slauter contributed to two separate evaluations of interventions with the potential to improve educational attainment for Michigan's most vulnerable students.

Projects included:

  • Effects of Preschool Program Participation on Third Grade Achievement Outcomes
  • College Enrollment Report Card
  • High School Dropout Early Warning System

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