Jay Feldman specializes in developmental, utilization, and equitable evaluation approaches and conducts evaluations across K-16 and community-based organizations. A member of the Transformative Research Unit for Equity (TRUE), he is committed to research guided by social justice. In his practice, he prioritizes the experiences and perspectives of community members and practitioners, focusing on research that will have practical and immediate value. He works toward the co-development of policies and practices that will improve outcomes and access, particularly for people of color, who are often among the most disenfranchised by current systems that perpetuate discrimination.
Dr. Feldman’s recent projects include K-12 evaluations of community schools, equity-centered school reform, and state-wide professional development systems, workforce development projects that support populations that have multiple barriers to employment, post-secondary studies focused on students with disabilities and students from historically excluded communities, and collective impact projects focused on decreasing economic disparities and cross-sector partnering. Dr. Feldman joined RTI in 2013 with the acquisition of MPR Associates. He previously worked in small nonprofit organizations, providing technical assistance and support to schools working to advance educational equity.