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Sean Vannata

Quantitative Research Fellow

Pronouns: He/Him


  • M.P.A. in Social Policy: University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. in Political Science & Business: University of Pittsburgh

About Sean Vannata

Sean Vannata is a Research Fellow at RFA and currently serves on the Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC) team, studying how to best support the graduation and postsecondary preparedness of Philadelphia high school students. He also provides research support to RFA’s evaluations of 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Philadelphia’s Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grant (CEG) programs.

Vannata has experience in social policy research and quantitative analysis. He leverages this experience in support of his projects at RFA, including analyzing English Learner student data to identify successful school and district practices and conducting data collections, background research, and quantitative analyses to support RFA’s evaluation of the CEG programs. Much of his previous research has focused on the intersection of educational outcomes and household financial security, and he is committed to advancing educational and economic systems that expand opportunity and support all students in reaching their potential.

  • I'm a real nerd about...

    Guitars and guitar pedals!

  • Can't stop listening to...

    The Punch Brothers

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

    In a hammock or sharing laughs with my brother!

Key Projects by Sean Vannata

Evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC)

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

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