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Dr. Nada Rayyes

Dr. Rayyes (Ph.D., Education, University of California, Santa Barbara) has extensive experience conducting research and evaluation in the field of education and workforce development. Her career has been dedicated primarily to evaluating programs aimed at increasing opportunities for students from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds. One of Dr. Rayyes’ areas of passion is expanding college and career access for underrepresented youth.  Rayyes has studied high school reform models (such as small learning communities), career pathways in both high schools and community colleges, and out-of-school time programs. She has extensive experience working with school districts, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to understand educational programs and to provide useful findings aimed at program improvement.

Currently at IMPAQ, Dr. Rayyes leads the evaluation of the Design it-Build it-Ship it (DBS) initiative funded by the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.  DBS involves 10 California community colleges, local workforce development experts, and other community and educational partners. She also works with the US Department of Education on the national evaluation of the Comprehensive Technical Assistance Centers program. Previously, she worked with the Department of Education supporting the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in monitoring the 21st Century Community Learning Centers after school grant program. For this project, Rayyes also led a comprehensive review of program evaluations and provided evaluation technical assistance to the Department and grantees.

Methodologically, Dr. Rayyes has expertise in a range of research approaches including interviews, focus groups, survey development, structured observations, and content analysis. Rayyes has conducted site visits nationwide and regularly trains junior staff on site visit data collection.  Rayyes also develops surveys and oversees web-based survey data collection. For the DBS project, she leads the administration of college student surveys, working closely with IMPAQ’s Survey Center and using the LimeSurvey platform.  She has also designed and conducted web-based surveys using SurveyMonkey, and uses best practices in survey research to maximize participant response rates.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Rayyes, N. & Sanchez, R. (2015, April). Career Pathway Development: An Analysis of Implementation. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Chavez, L., Rowland, T., Rayyes, N. & Sanchez, R. (2014, October). Crossing Boundaries to Develop Effective Pathways. Paper presentation at the Strengthening Student Success Conference, Costa Mesa, CA.

Toms Barker, L. & Rayyes, N. (2014, October). Evaluating "Doing it for Ourselves": A Community-Based Health Program for Older Lesbian/Bisexual Women. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Rayyes, N. (2014). Unexpected aspects of the sustainability in an evaluation of a community-based health program for older lesbian/bisexual women. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Toms Barker, L. & Rayyes, N. (2011). Evaluating Your 21st CCLC Program: Evaluation Planning You Can Use​. Presentation at the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Summer Institute, National Harbor, Maryland.