Matthew Jukes

Fellow, Education and Evaluation

Matthew Jukes


  • BA, Physics, University of Oxford
  • MSc, Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex
  • DPhil, Early Childhood Development, University of Oxford
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Matthew Jukes is an expert in evaluation, international education, and child development. He has two decades of academic and professional experience in evaluating education projects, particularly in early-grade literacy interventions and the promotion of learning through better health.

Dr. Jukes’ research addresses culturally relevant approaches to assessment of social and emotional competencies in Tanzania; improving pedagogy through an understanding of the cultural basis of teacher-child interactions; frameworks to improve evidence-based decision-making; and methods to set reading proficiency benchmarks. He is contributing to projects in Malawi and Tanzania aimed at improving the quality of pre-primary and primary education in those countries.

Dr. Jukes came to RTI in 2016 from Room to Read, where he was Senior Director of Global Research, Monitoring and Evaluation. Prior to joining Room to Read in 2012, he was an associate professor of International Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he taught courses on evidence-based decision making and on the roles of both culture and health in effective education. Dr. Jukes has also applied his research to work with the World Bank, UNAIDS, UNESCO, Save the Children and the UK Department for International Development.