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Research Analyst. Steve provides statistical support for a variety of projects and works as a technical reviewer to ensure that reports and publications are accurate and adhere to the National Center for Education Statistics Statistical Standards. Prior to joining Activate, Steve was a research associate with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and spent five years in the Office of Admissions at the University of Iowa. Steve earned a B.S. in statistics from the University of Iowa and has extensive experience in reviewing federal publications and working with large and complex nationally-representative datasets. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”exp” css=”.vc_custom_1494299784276{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]


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Research Analyst,  Activate Research, Inc.

Washington, D.C.
Jan 2014 – Present

Support projects with the Department of Education

  • Contribute to development of Statistics in Briefs/Data Points
  • Advise on NCES Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) and Postsecondary Education Quick Information System (PEQIS) publications
  • Reviews NCES State Education Reforms (SER) tables
  • Perform quality review and 508 compliance on various projects
  • Handle inquiries from members of the media, professors, researchers, and the general public
  • Familiar with NCES surveys including data, publications, and tools
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Research Associate,  American Institutes for Research

Washington, D.C.
May 2012 – Dec 2013

Supported the Data Development Program at NCES

  • Provided statistical support for Issue Briefs/Statistics in Briefs
  • Aided in supervising and planning for NCES FRSS and PEQIS publications
  • Reviewed NCES SER tables
  • Responded to inquiries from members of the media, professors, researchers, and the general public
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Authored, co-authored, edited briefs and other publications
  • Responded to data requests from government officials, public users, and institutions directed to NCES
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Research Assistant,  American Institutes for Research

Washington, D.C.
May 2010 – Apr 2012

Examined reports and corresponding statistical documentation for compliance with NCES Statistical Standards


  • Wrote reviews based on technical issues found within documents and reports
    • Knowledgeable about NCES Statistical Standards
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University of Iowa Office of Admissions

Iowa City, IA
Aug 2004 – Dec 2009

Sent information to prospective students

  • Managed student staff
  • Catalogued inventory of 150 items
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B.S., Statistics

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
May 2009
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