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Tracey A. Hartmann

Director of Qualitative Research

Pronouns: She/Her


  • Ph.D. in Human Development: University of Pennsylvania
  • M.Ed. in Human Development: University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. in Social Science: College of St. Benedict

About Tracey A. Hartmann

As Director of Qualitative Research, Dr. Tracey Hartmann provides strategic direction and oversight to RFA’s qualitative research. An experienced qualitative researcher and project director, Hartmann has directed mixed methods research projects across a range of content areas including out-of-school time, college access and success, and juvenile justice. Since coming to RFA in 2003, she has expanded RFA’s portfolio of work in the out-of-school time field with projects focused on providing evaluation support to local youth serving organizations as well as projects that support city-level OST system-building efforts.

Hartmann currently leads a national, multi-year study of high-quality arts programs funded by the Wallace Foundation and implemented in Boys and Girls Clubs around the country and a multi-year study of the Cleveland Say Yes to Education initiative, a comprehensive college promise program. A former classroom teacher and youth development worker, Hartmann has a long-standing interest in creating high quality formal and informal educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania.

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

    Walking in Wissahickon Valley Park.

  • A fun fact about me is....

    I grew up in a town of 1,000 people in the rural Midwest, though Philadelphia has been my home for 30+ years.

  • Currently binge watching...

    Either Masterpiece Mystery or something sci-fi.

Key Projects by Tracey A. Hartmann

Evaluation of Engineering Women in Natural Science (EngWINS), an Afterschool STEM Mentoring program

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Say Yes to Education: RFA’s Five-Year Evaluation of the Cleveland Chapter

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

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

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An Evaluation of Philadelphia’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP): School District of Philadelphia

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Action Research with Youth United for Change

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A Study of Local Education Funds: Public Education Network (PEN)

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An Evaluation of EducationWorks’ National School and Community Corps (NSCC)

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An Evaluation of Metro Math: The Center for Mathematics in American Cities

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An Evaluation of the School District of Philadelphia’s Pilot Parent Leadership Academies (PLA)

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An Evaluation of the School District of Philadelphia’s Faith Partnerships Program

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City Year Miami: An Implementation Evaluation

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Recent Publications by Tracey A. Hartmann


Executive Summary: Raising the Barre & Stretching the Canvas

As part of an ongoing, multi-million dollar Wallace Foundation initiative to improve and expand arts learning opportunities for young people, the Wallace Foundation, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), developed…


Supporting Literacy in Out-of-School Time: Summary of Evidence

The City of Philadelphia’s Citywide Out‐of‐School‐Time (OST) Initiative was launched in February 2017 to better coordinate and focus the capacities of OST programs on the needs of the city’s children. The first phase of this initiative…


Getting On Track: Lessons from Éxito’s First Year

Congreso de Latinos Unidos has partnered with Edison High School on the Éxito™ initiative since 2008-09 with the goal of reducing the school’s high dropout rate and increasing graduation rates. The program has received support…


Going Small: Progress and Challenges of Philadelphia’s Small High Schools

Between 2003 and 2007, and without significant outside funding, the School District of Philadelphia created 25 new small high schools. This study, begun by Research for Action in 2006, follows the start-up and early implementation…


Teacher Perceptions of Small High Schools

This research brief uses data from the School District of Philadelphia teacher survey to assess teacher perceptions of small and large neighborhood high schools.
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