Robin Jacob

Assistant Research Scientist

Robin  Jacob, School of Education

Robin Tepper Jacob is a skillful evaluator of educational interventions with a special interest in how policies and programs can affect instructional quality and outcomes in elementary schools. She has extensive experience conducting evaluations of education reform initiatives, measuring educational outcomes, and analyzing student achievement and other outcome data. In addition to her substantive evaluation work, she is an expert in and publishes articles on evaluation methods. Much of her work focuses on strategically leveraging school reforms designed to maximize academic outcomes for children across all ethnic groups and income levels.

Jacob joined the faculty of the School of Education and the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan in 2006. She is co-founder of the Education and Well-Being Program at ISR and a co-director of the School Reform and Beyond (SRB) initiative. She currently serves as co-principal investigator for several research endeavors centered on teaching and learning.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Jacob worked for Abt Associate Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she served as the deputy project director for the $25 million Reading First Impact Study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education. She was intimately involved in designing the study, developing survey and classroom observation instruments, and analyzing the data. While at Abt, Jacob also served as task leader and director on numerous other education evaluations.

Jacob is a graduate of Indiana University and received her PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago.


Selected Publications

Zhu, P., Jacob, R. Bloom, H. & Xu, Z. (forthcoming). "Designing and Analyzing Studies that Randomize Schools to Estimate Intervention Effects on Student Academic Outcomes Without Classroom-Level Information." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Jacob, R. T. (2011). "An Experiment to Test the Feasibility and Quality of a Web-Based Questionnaire of Teachers.” Evaluation Review, 35(1), pp. 40-70.

Jacob, R., Zhu, P. Bloom, H., (2010). "New Empirical Evidence for the Design of Group Randomized Trials in Education." Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, Volume 3 Issue 2, pp. 157-198.

Rowan, B, Jacob, R., Corentti, R. (2009). "Using Instructional Logs to Identify Quality in Educational Settings." Defining and Measuring Quality in Youth Programs and Classrooms: New Directions for Youth Development, 121, pp. 13-31.

Gamse, B. Bloom, H. Kemple, J. Jacob, R. (2008).  Reading First Impact Study: Interim Report, U.S. Department of Education: Institute for Education Sciences.

Jacob, R.T.  & Stone, S. (Winter 2005) "Educators and Students Speak." Education Next, 5 (1), pp.49-53.


Research Affiliations


9/1/2009 - 8/31/2012 Investigating the Effect of Professional Development, Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching and Instruction on Student Outcomes
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

7/1/2009 - 6/30/2012 Developing an Integrated Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Understanding and Regulation Intervention
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences

7/1/2008 - 6/30/2011 A Randomized Control Trial to Assess the Efficacy of the Balanced Leadership Program
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences

5/1/2009 - 4/30/2011 Creation and Dissemination of Upper-Elementary Mathematics Assessment Modules
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

3/1/2009 - 12/31/2010 Statistical Properties of Regression Discontinuity Analysis and Comparative Interrupted Time-Series Analysis for Estimating Impacts
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences

10/1/2008 - 10/31/2009 An Experiment to Test the Feasibility and Quality of a Web-Based Questionnaire of Teachers
Granting Agency: Institute for Social Research/Vanguard Funds


Institute for Social Research,
Perry Room 2338
426 Thompson St.