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Cyril Cherian

Senior Research Analyst


  • M.A. in Economics and Education: Columbia University
  • B.A. in Economics: New York University Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

About Cyril Cherian

Cyril Cherian is a Quantitative Research Analyst with significant expertise in the impact of inequality on educational attainment and employment. He contributes to a range of research and evaluation projects at RFA, including analyses of the impacts of college promise programs and outcomes-based funding policies, evaluations of afterschool programs in Philadelphia, and an analysis of the cost of education in multiple Pennsylvania school districts. He is committed to conducting mixed-methods research and other rigorous research methodologies to inform policy decisions.

Prior to joining RFA, Cherian worked as a teaching assistant to Dr. Henry Levin where he developed a passion for conducting robust cost analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and benefit-cost analysis. Cherian worked as an analyst at NYU’s Center for Technology and Economic development where he conducted research on the migration and employment patterns of immigrants in the UAE. Cherian received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University Abu Dhabi in 2015 and a master’s degree in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2018. He is fluent in five languages.

  • My favorite cuisine is...

    South Indian food.

  • A fun fact about me is....

    I play the Euphonium! Also known as the Baritone.

  • If I could have a superpower it'd be...

    Teleportation. Saves me money and time on traveling.

Key Projects by Cyril Cherian

Evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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The Implementation, Impact, and Cost-Effectiveness of Developmental Education Curricular Reform in California Community Colleges

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Documentation of Virtual and Hybrid Summer Experiences for the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)

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Examining the Impact, Implementation, and Cost Effectiveness of Completion Coaching in a Statewide College Promise Program

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An Evaluation of the Picasso Schoolwide Model

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RFA’s Evaluation of Outcomes in City Year Philadelphia Schools

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Evaluation of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s Curriculum and Professional Development Model for Kindergarten Readiness

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Renaissance Schools in Philadelphia: Examining Early Implementation of a Turnaround School Model

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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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