David Silver

Director, Center for Evaluation and the Study of Educational Equity

David Silver


  • PhD, Advanced Quantitative Methods in Education, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA, Educational Planning and Social Policy, Harvard University
  • BA, English, Brown University

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David Silver leads RTI’s Center for Evaluation and Study of Educational Equity, which is dedicated to providing rigorous, practical evidence that educators need to dramatically improve outcomes for all students. He has more than two decades of experience conducting evaluations of programs funded by the U.S. government, states, and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Silver is an expert in experimental and quasi-experimental research design, hierarchical and structural modeling, indicator development, and survey development. Clear communication of technical findings for an audience of practitioners and policy makers is a hallmark of his work.

Dr. Silver came to RTI in 2014 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he oversaw evaluations of some of the foundation’s largest domestic investments. He designed evaluations of teacher screening and licensure assessments, teacher training investments, teacher professional development initiatives, and the College Ready strategy. Previously, at UCLA CRESST, he led IES-funded studies of innovative assessments and several reading and math interventions, and an evaluation of over 500 afterschool programs across California. His background also includes work in housing policy and health.