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This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Cara Jackson

Abt Associates
Senior Associate
Montgomery County, MD
Cara is a senior associate in the Social & Economic Policy division at Abt Associates, focusing on program evaluation, research design, and evidence synthesis. She is currently managing a national evaluation of one of the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance programs and is the co-lead of the dissemination team for the Prevention Services Clearinghouse. Cara is particularly interested in using research and evaluation to improve youth outcomes and support improvement efforts in schools, districts, and state educational agencies.

Previously, Cara taught in New York City public schools, conducted research and evaluation in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, and refined a teacher evaluation system for Urban Teachers, a residency-based teacher preparation program. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Policy and an advanced certificate in Education Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Maryland. Her master’s degree is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Cara is a proud Cohort 5 alum and currently serves on the Strategic Data Project alumni council.