Tracey A. Hartmann

Director of Qualitative Research



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


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.