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Alyn Turner

Director of Quantitative Research

Pronouns: She/Her


  • Ph.D. in Sociology: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S. in Population Health Sciences: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S. in Sociology: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. in Sociology: University of Texas-Austin

About Alyn Turner

Dr. Alyn Turner specializes in designing and conducting mixed-methods evaluations and research studies to address program- and policy-relevant issues in the areas of early childhood and K-12 education. Turner serves as the Director of Quantitative Research, where she oversees a team of ten quantitative researchers and provides strategic oversight and direction for a multitude of evaluation projects and research studies.

Turner also serves as Director for the Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, a research practice-partnership with the School District of Philadelphia with a focus on what keeps Philadelphia’s high school students on track to graduation, engaged, and acquiring the competencies they will need to succeed in adulthood high school. In addition to her director roles, Turner currently serves as a Principal Investigator on a five-year Education and Innovation Research grant awarded to the Children’s Literacy Initiative to develop and evaluate a comprehensive preschool curriculum and professional development program for pre-K teachers. Since joining RFA in 2017, Turner has led a range of research efforts, including providing technical support and research expertise to Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning for advancing systems-level initiatives to improve early child care and education quality throughout the commonwealth Pennsylvania; a mixed-methods study of the Head Start workforce in Detroit; and a multi-year descriptive study of early reading outcomes in over 35 New York City public schools participating in Teaching Matters’ Early Reading Matters program. Prior to joining RFA, Turner was a research scholar at the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Turner holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.S. in Population Health Sciences from the same institution.

  • Can't stop listening to...

    The band Girl Talk.

  • I'm a real nerd about...

    Art History.

  • When I'm not at work, you can find me...

    Biking around Philly.

Key Projects by Alyn Turner

Assessing the Feasibility of a National Lead Teacher Certification for Early Childhood Educators

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Evaluation of the Philadelphia Health Resource Center (HRC) program

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An Evaluation of the Picasso Schoolwide Model

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Evaluation to Measure Impact of Detroit Wolf Trap’s Early Learning through the Arts on Teacher Growth in Instructional Ability

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Evaluation of Jobs for the Future’s Student Success Center Initiative

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Examining the Status of Non-Traditional Child Care in Pennsylvania

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RFA’s Evaluation of Outcomes in City Year Philadelphia Schools

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Evaluating Philadelphia’s Community Schools Initiative

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An Evaluation of Congreso de Latinos Unidos’ Exito Program at Kensington CAPA High School

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21st Century Grants: Tracking the Implementation and Success of Academically-Oriented After-School Programs

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Afterschool Arts Programming in the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation

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Career and Technical Training in Juvenile Justice Facilities: Increasing the Capacity of a Statewide Network to Make Evidence-Based Decisions

Read More K-12
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Recent Publications by Alyn Turner


How Long Will it Take Me To Get to School?

Philadelphia’s high school selection process is a complex one for students and their families. Under normal circumstances, transportation to school is an important factor to consider. Average public transit times can vary widely by school…


Boosting Children’s Language and Literacy Skills Through Blueprint: An Evaluation of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s Blueprint for Early Literacy 2017 – 2019

RFA’s three-year mixed methods evaluation of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s language and literacy supports found positive impacts despite higher-than-typical teacher turnover. In pre-K centers receiving CLI supports, teachers were more able to implement effective instructional practices…


Making It Work: Bibliography and Technical Appendix

A bibliography and suggestions for further reading, as well as the technical appendix to accompany Making It Work: Examining the Status of Non-Traditional Child Care in Pennsylvania.


Making It Work: Examining the Status of Non-Traditional Child Care in Pennsylvania

As the number of jobs that require non-traditional work schedules (evenings, weekends, and overnight) increases, families’ need for child care during non-traditional hours has also grown. An estimated more than 150,000 Pennsylvania families with young…


Detroit-Area Early Childhood Workforce Study

Research shows that process quality in early childhood education (ECE) programs—specifically teacher–child interactions—is the strongest predictor of children’s gains in learning and development. Due to a number of factors associated with the city’s early childhood…
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