Allison Wellington

Alison Wellington

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Education projects
  • Education
  • Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
  • Strengthening and Disseminating Research
  • Effective Data Use
About Alison

Alison Wellington has expertise in rigorous evaluations of large-scale education projects.

Currently, she plays a key role in two national random assignment evaluations sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Wellington is the project director for an evaluation on the impact of the Teacher Incentive Fund and a senior researcher on an evaluation of the impact of data driven instruction. These evaluations are assessing the impact of teacher and principal pay-for-performance bonuses on educator effectiveness and student achievement, and the impact of data driven instruction on student achievement, respectively.

In the past, Wellington led major efforts for the What Works Clearinghouse, a large-scale project to promote informed education decision making, and was a key member on a national evaluation to evaluate the impact of teachers from Teacher For America and Teaching Fellows programs on secondary student math achievement.

Prior to joining Mathematica in 2007, Wellington had a 17-year career as an economics professor focusing on labor and health economics. She has published in the Journal of Human Resources, the American Sociological Review, Contemporary Economic Policy, Labour Economics, and Research in Labor Economics. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

Key Projects
  • Pay-for-Performance: Evaluating the Teacher Incentive Fund

    This study is evaluating these performance-based compensation systems to examine issues like the impact of pay-for-performance on student achievement and educator effectiveness, and helping to answer pressing policy questions about how the programs are designed, communicated, and implemented.

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