Benjamin Piper

Senior Director, Africa Education


  • Ed.D., International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Ed.M., International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • MA, Education Leadership, Furman University
  • BA, Elementary Education, Wake Forest University

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Dr. Benjamin Piper is the Chief of Party of the Primary Math and Reading (PRIMR) Initiative, a research program designed to test low-cost and scalable approaches to improving reading and mathematics outcomes in Kenya. He supervises several embedded research programs in PRIMR, including those studying information and communication technology investments, the relative importance of books, lesson plans and training, and the impact of mother-tongue programs in Kenya.

He is also the Regional Education Advisor for RTI’s International Development Group. In this role, Dr. Piper supports the technical design and implementation of the Uganda School Health and Reading Program and the Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed project.

Dr. Piper has experience in quantitative research, including longitudinal data analysis, randomized controlled trial designs, and mixed methods designs, and he is interested in the transitions between primary and secondary education, as well as secondary and tertiary education, and evaluation of programs targeting various portions of educational quality.