Anne Walton Garrison, M.A.
Anne Walton Garrison has 11 years of experience in designing and conducting evaluations of educational programs in public-school settings. Her areas of expertise include program impact evaluation, research design, quantitative data analysis, and qualitative data collection and analysis. Current projects include evaluating teacher preparation/recruitment programs, determining return on investment of Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI), and investigating the cumulative effects of frequent school changes on college readiness and college enrollment.

Ms. Garrison has had extensive graduate training in quantitative and qualitative research methods at Stanford University, Duke University, and the University of Memphis. She has a graduate certificate in Quantitative Studies in Educational Research, an M.A. in Sociology, and is nearing completion on a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research.

Ms. Garrison's repertoire of quantitative research methods includes linear regression and the ANOVA (analysis of variance) family of models, logistic and multinomial regression, hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, propensity score analysis, and regression discontinuity, to name a few. Her qualitative skills include conducting and analyzing data from in-depth interviews and focus groups, as well as performing content analysis.

Ms. Garrison is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the American Evaluation Association.
 
Education
Coursework for Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research, Concentration in Educational Research, University of Memphis
Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Studies in Educational Research, University of Memphis
M.A. in Sociology, Stanford University
Focus Areas
 
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Student mobility (School-Switching)
  • College readiness and college-going
     
Expertise
 
  • Race, class, and gender
  • Impact evaluation
  • Research design
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Qualitative data collection and analysis
     
Select Publications & Presentations
  • The likelihood of enrolling in college. (2017, February). A report produced for Shelby County Schools Department of Research and Performance Management. (with A. Thompson)
  • Memphis Teacher Residency: Teacher retention 2010–11 to 2016–17. (2017). A report produced for Shelby County Schools Department of Research and Performance Management.
  • Analysis of potential factors related to school-level student achievement outcomes. (2015). A report produced for Shelby County Schools Department of Research and Performance Management.