Alyn Turner

Director of Quantitative Research



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


Alyn Turner specializes in designing and conducting mixed-methods evaluations to address program- and policy-relevant issues in the areas of early childhood and K-12 education. Her recent work focuses on improving educational environments for children in public preschool settings. Alyn currently serves 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, Alyn has led a range of other projects, including an implementation evaluation of the City of Philadelphia’s Community Schools Initiative, a mixed-methods study of the Head Start workforce in Detroit, and a multi-year descriptive study of early reading outcomes in New York City schools receiving support from Early Reading Matters. Prior to joining RFA, Alyn was a research scholar at the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Alyn holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.S. in Population Health Sciences from the same institution.