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Jennifer Iriti

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

  • Experiential/community-based learning
  • Continuous improvement/Improvement science in education -Networked improvement communities in education
  • Postsecondary education pathways
  • Educational access and equity
  • Decision-oriented educational research
  • Developmental evaluation
  • Data visualization
  • Researcher-practitioner partnerships

Iriti, J., Page, L., Venkatesan, A., & Hiestand, R. (2019). Growing college enrollment and persistence with the Pittsburgh Promise. College Promise Campaign Policy Brief No. 5.

Iriti, J., Page, L., & Bickel, W. (2018). Place-based scholarships: Catalysts for systems reform to improve postsecondary attainment. International Journal of Educational Development, 58, 137-158.

Page, L. C., Iriti, J. E., Lowry, D. J., & Anthony, A. M. (2018). The promise of place-based investment in postsecondary access and success: Investigating the impact of the Pittsburgh Promise. Education Finance and Policy.

Iriti, J., Bickel, W., Schunn, C., & Stein, M. K. (2016). Maximizing research and development resources: Identifying and testing “load-bearing conditions” for educational technology innovations. Educational Technology Research & Development, 64, 245-262.

Iriti, J. E., & Long, C. (2016). Pittsburgh Promise Annual Indicators 2016. Pittsburgh, PA: LRDC, University of Pittsburgh

Page, L. C. & Iriti, J. E. (2016). On Undermatch and College Cost. In A. P. Kelly, J. S. Howell, & C. Sattin-Bajaj (Eds.), Matching Students to Opportunity (pp. 135-159). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Iriti, J., Bickel, B., Schunn, C., & Stein, M.K. (2015). Load-bearing conditions for educational technology innovations. Educational Technology Research and Development, 63(5).

Iriti, J. E., & Bickel, W. E., & Julia Kaufmann, Wang, E. (2013). The Pittsburgh Promise: Potential Annual Indicators 2013. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, LRDC, University of Pittsburgh.

Iriti, J. E., & Bickel, W. E. (2013). Evaluation of the 2013 Summer Dreamers Academy, Non-Academic Outcomes. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, LRDC, University of Pittsburgh.

Bickel, W. E., Iriti, J.E. (2013).  Literature Brief on ParentalInvolvement in School Reform: Parent Advocacy for Positive School Climate.  Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, LRDC, University of Pittsburgh.

Bickel, W. E., Childs, J., & Iriti, J. E. (2013). Documentation of the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ (PPS) Equity Planning and Implementation: Phase II. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, LRDC, University of Pittsburgh.

Iriti, J. E., & Bickel, W. E., with C. Long (May 31, 2012). Mentoring to The Promise: Evaluation of the Be a 6th Grade Mentor Program. Pittsburgh, PA: United Way of Pittsburgh

Iriti, J. E., Bickel, W. E., & Kaufman, J. H. (September, 2012). Realizing "The Promise:" Scholar retention and persistence in post-secondary education. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center.

Bickel, W. E., Iriti, J. E. (2011). "The use of intermediary organizations in philanthropy: A briefing report to The Heinz Endowments' Education Program." Pittsburgh, PA: Evaluation for Learning Project, Learning Research and development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Iriti, J. E., Nelson, C. A., & Bickel, W. E. (2010). Ball-Rowland Unified School District partnership evaluation report. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Bickel, W. E., Iriti, J. E., & Nelson, C. A. (2010). Strategies for integrating evaluative inquiry into the work of private foundations: A case example of a "Retainer Relationship." Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh, Evaluation for Learning Project.

Iriti, J. E., & Bickel, W. E. (2010). Secondary Education in the United States. Briefing report prepared for the Heinz Endowments' Education Program for strategic planning. Pittsburgh, PA: Evaluation for Learning Group at the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Iriti, J.E., & Bickel, W. E. (2010). Looking inward to keep The Promise: How Pittsburgh high schools prepare students for post-secondary education- Year 2. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Bickel, W. E., Iriti, J. E., & Meredith, J. (2010). Learning Protocol for Learning From Grantmaking. In: Tip-of-the-Day by and for Evaluators Series, Washington, DC: American Evaluation Association.

Iriti, J.E., Bickel, W.E., Meredith, J., & Walker, M. (2009). Looking inward to keep The Promise: What do Pittsburgh charter high schools do to prepare students for post-secondary education? Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Bickel, W. E., & Iriti, J. E. (2009). Making real choices happen in traditional public schools: Lessons to be learned from non-traditional choice settings. University of Pittsburgh: Learning Policy Brief, 2, 1-7.

Iriti, J. E. (2009). Pittsburgh Young Leaders' Academy Year 1 Evaluation Report. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Cares.

Iriti, J. E. (2009). Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy Year 2 Evaluation Report. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Cares.

Iriti, J.E. & Nelson, C. A. (2008). Rochelle Lee Fund Approach and Metrics: 2003-2007 Cross Year Evaluation Summary. Chicago, IL: Boundless Readers.

Iriti, J., Bickel, W. E., & Nelson, C. A. (2008). Ball foundation partnership evaluation: Understanding the engagement phase. Pittsburgh, PA: EFL, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.

LRDC research on the Pittsburgh Promise, spearheaded by Jenn Iriti, is mentioned in the January 30 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

January 30, 2020

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LRDC research on the Pittsburgh Promise, spearheaded by Jenn Iriti, is mentioned in the January 29 WESA 90.5 article "Promise Scholarship Will Hire Coaches to Keep Student on Track to Eligibiliity."

January 29, 2020

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LRDC Research Scientist Jennifer Iriti and her colleagues have been awarded a $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES Alliance grant

September 17, 2019

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Kudos to Jennifer Iriti, Courtney Long (LRDC), and their collaborators Alison Slinskey Legg, Rebecca Gonda (Biological Sciences), Lori Delale-O'Connor (Center for Urban Education), Alaine Allen (Swanson School of Engineering), David Boone (Biomedical Informatics), Mackenzie Ball (Computer Science), for receiving funding from the Pitt Seed Project Development of the Broadening Equity in STEM Center.

May 31, 2019

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Kudos to Jennifer Iriti and Lindsay Page, who were awarded an Honorable Mention in the Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement’s Partnerships of Distinction Award for their community engagement work with the Pittsburgh Promise.

March 25, 2019

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Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti are featured on The Brookings Institute Chalkboard for "College Promise Programs May Need Time To Mature For Full Impact."

November 29, 2018

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Jennifer Russell, Associate Professor, School of Education, and LRDC Research Scientist was awarded a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant for "Conceptualizing and Measuring Network Health in the Network for School Improvement (NSI) Initiative." LRDC's Partners for Network Improvement (PNI) group members Jennifer Iriti, Research Scientist; Jennifer Shearer, Research Associate; and Chris Matthis, Research Assistant are collaborators.

October 18, 2018

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured an op-ed by Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti related to recent changes to the Pittsburgh Promise and their research on its impact over its first several years.

April 2, 2018

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EdSurge featured an article by Jen Iriti and co-author Justin Aglio titled "What Every City Can Learn from Pittsburgh's Pioneering K-12 Research Partnerships."

February 12, 2018

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Research and evaluation conducted by Jennifer Iriti, LRDC Research Scientist, and her Research Assistant, Courtney Long, has been published in the 2016 Pittsburgh Promise Annual Report.

October 10, 2017

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The National Science Foundation's INCLUDES Program funded a project to encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to pursue STEM education and careers. Jen Iriti, LRDC Research Scientist, is an investigator in collaboration with ten partners from five Pitt schools.

September 25, 2017

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Lindsay C. Page, LRDC Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Research Methodology, and Jennifer Iriti, LRDC Research Associate and Director, Evaluation for Learning Group, were featured in the Pitt Chronicle article "Research on Pittsburgh Promise Shows 'Match' Matters."

December 15, 2016

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LRDC Research Associate and Director of Evaluation for Learning Group Jennifer Iriti has been awarded a grant from the Pittsburgh School District to evaluate the Summer Dreamers Academy.

December 2016

LRDC Research Scientists Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti's work is cited in the new White House report on Investing in Higher Education on page 22.

September 2016

LRDC Research Associate Jennifer Iriti is quoted in the MarketWatch article on Promise programs "These Cities have been Offering Free College for Years."

September 10, 2016

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Jennifer Iriti, Director of Evaluation for Learning Group, was an invited presenter at a Summit on College Affordability hosted at the Ford Foundation by the Campaign for Free College Tuition. Jen shared a summary of the research on the effect of college scholarship programs, such as the Pittsburgh Promise, to an audience of 50 University, non-profit, and government officials, including Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell.

June 27, 2016

Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti were invited members of a meeting of the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in Washington, DC. Page and Iriti, along with approximately 40 university academics and policy researchers from across the country, formed an advisory group designed to inform the Obama administration’s thinking on higher education policy and implications associated with making community college education universally free.

January 2016

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Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti’s research on the Pittsburgh Promise, specifically, high school retention rates and persistence for college completion, figures prominently in the October 27 Pittsburgh Business Times.

November 2015

"Don’t Blame the Promise,” written by Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti, in the September 6, 2015, Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

September 2015

Jennifer Iriti has been awarded a grant by the Pittsburgh Promise, a postsecondary scholarship program, to analyze the postsecondary retention, persistence, and degree attainment of its scholars.

July 2015