Dr. W. Christopher Brandt

Dr. W. Christopher Brandt is IMPAQ’s Vice President of Education. He is responsible for strategic planning, new business development, and oversight of IMPAQ’s education practice area. He also serves as a member of IMPAQ’s executive team, where he participates in setting and executing corporate objectives, priorities, and implementation plans.


Dr. Brandt is a nationally recognized expert in education policy research and program evaluation. His work has involved conducting multi-state randomized experiments, mixed-methods studies and survey research, developing approaches to assessing implementation fidelity, designing assessment instruments, and advising state and local education agencies on school improvement issues. He is also known for his contributions to enhancing research-practitioner partnerships, a collaborative approach for using evidence-based research and data to address problems of practice.


Dr. Brandt has provided research and technical support to numerous federal, state, and local education agencies and foundations, including the Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, ED Office of Innovation and Improvement, Institute of Education Sciences, Michigan Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Education, New York Department of Education, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Intel Foundation, and the Gates Foundation among others. He has also consulted with numerous local school districts on topics related to educator evaluation, district and school accountability, and school turnaround and improvement.

Prior Experience

After starting his career as an elementary school teacher, Dr. Brandt spent 10 years at the American Institutes for Research, where he led research studies and authored numerous technical reports and articles in the areas of teacher professional development, educator evaluation, data use, and measuring implementation fidelity. He also served as Deputy Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory – Midwest, a $42 million research center funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Brandt held an appointment as Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability for a large suburban school district outside of Chicago.


Dr. Brandt earned his Ph.D from the University of Georgia in Educational Psychology in 2004.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Brandt, C. & Yamaguchi, R. (2016, October). Hidden in the Weeds: How SEED Program Evaluators Adapted Evaluation Designs to Address Challenges While Maintaining Rigorous What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Standards. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Brandt, C., Meyers, C., Molefe, A., Zhu, B. & Dhillon, S. (2016). Impact Results of the eMINTS Professional Development Validation Study. Journal of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 38(3), 455-476.

Brandt, C. (2016, April). eMINTS Professional Development Impact on Middle School Teacher Instruction and Student Achievement: Year Three Results. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Brandt, C., Meyers, C., Molefe, A., & Zhu, Bo. (2016, March). The Impact of the Enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies (eMINTS) Program on Middle School Student Achievement, 21st-Century Skills, and Academic Engagement - Third-Year Results. Presentation at the SREE Spring Conference, Washington, DC.

Prior Papers and Presentations

Meyers, C.V. and Brandt, W.C. (Eds.). (2015). Implementation Fidelity in Education Research: Designer and Evaluator Considerations. New York: Routledge.

Brandt, W.C., Meyers, C., and Molefe, A. (2014). Second Year Impacts of the eMINTS Comprehensive Professional Development Program on Teacher Practice and Student Achievement. Prepared for the US Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) and the eMINTS National Center, Columbia, MO. Washington DC: American Institutes for Research.

Brandt, W.C. (May, 2013). Rolling up implementation fidelity measures to the program level. Presentation at the annual Investing in Innovation (i3) Project Directors Meeting, Washington, DC.

Brandt, W.C., and Molefe, A. (March, 2013). Two-year impacts of NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Program on differentiated instruction and student achievement. Paper presented at the Society of Research on Educational Effectiveness Conference, Washington DC.

Brandt, W.C. and Dubois, C.C. (April 2012). An examination of one state’s implementation of new requirements for evaluating principals and teachers. Paper presented at the presidential session of the annual American Educational Research Association Conference, Vancouver, BC.