John Wells

Principal Research Associate


John Wells, EdD, is a Principal Research Associate specializing in both qualitative and quantitative education research and evaluation. He has over 20 years of experience and has conducted studies in areas such as teacher quality, teacher professional development, and STEM education, and is an expert in all phases of research, including study design, instrument development, data collection and analysis, and reporting. He has also supported various agencies and organizations in their efforts to use data and evidence to assess the implementation and impact of programs, and to build data collection and monitoring efforts and outcome measurement into program management.

Wells has worked extensively with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Education, as well as state education agencies, school districts, colleges and universities, nonprofits, and foundations. Recently, he has served as Project Director on the Teach For America (TFA) National Principal Survey and has had a lead role on several studies for NSF. These include a study on how convergence research has been conceptualized and implemented; an evaluation of the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) pilots program; an evaluation of NSF’s Direct Partnerships with industry; and an outcomes study of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program.


  • EdD, George Washington University, Education Policy
  • MA, American University, Political Science
  • BA, George Mason University, Government and Politics

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