Megan K. Beckett

Behavioral Scientist
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in sociology, University of Michigan; M.H.S.A. in health services management and policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health; B.A. in psychology, Willamette University

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Megan K. Beckett is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on out-of-school time programs for children and adolescents, quasi-experimental research designs, and program evaluations. Beckett chaired a panel sponsored by Institute of Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) out-of-school time practice guide and she has coauthored several influential peer-reviewed reports on after-school and out-of-school time programs for school-age children that have had an impact on much of the research and practice in this area. Her 2001 RAND report Accountability for After-School Care: Devising Standards and Measuring Adherence to Them “has quickly become a benchmark for how after-school programs should be evaluated,” according to the Massachusetts 2020 foundation. Other research investigates the communication between parents and adolescents about sexuality. She coauthored the first comprehensive, objective overview of the after-school and out-of-school time field, Making Out-of-School-Time Matter: Evidence for an Action Agenda. She has been cited in Education Week and the Los Angeles Times and has published several op-ed pieces on after-school programs. Beckett has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Pediatrics, Journal of Human Resources, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Rural Sociology, and American Journal of Epidemiology. Beckett received her M.H.S.A. in health services management and policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Recent Projects

  • Structuring out-of-school time to improve academic achievement
  • Identifying quality indicators for after-school care and measuring adherence of programs to these markers
  • Assessing the state of the after-school care field
  • Projecting the future supply and demand of physicians in the Inland Empire
  • Improving parent communication with adolescents

Selected Publications

Beckett, MK, PA Morrison, "Assessing the Need for a New Medical School: A Case Study in Applied Demography," Population Research and Policy Review, 2009

Beckett, MK., Borman, G., Capizzano, J., Parsley, D., Ross, S., Schirm, A., & Taylor, J, "Structuring out-of-school time to improve academic achievement: A practice guide.," U.S. Department of Education, 2009

Elliott, MN, MK Beckett, D Kanouse, L Shulamit, "Problem-Oriented Reporting of CAHPS Consumer Evaluations of Healthcare," Medical Care Research and Review, 64(5):600-614, 2007

Elliott, MN, MK Beckett, DE Kanouse, K Hambarsoomians, S Bernard, "The Effects of Proxy Use on Medicare Fee-for-Service CAHPS Survey Outcomes Using Propensity Score Weights," Health Services Review, 64:600-614, 2007

Susan J. Bodilly and Megan Beckett, Making Out-of-School-Time Matter: Evidence for an Action Agenda, RAND Corporation (MG-242), 2005

Beckett MK, MN Elliott, DE Kanouse, R Corona, S Martino, D Klein, MA Schuster, "Is the Big Talk after the Fact? Timing of Parent and Child Communication about Sexuality Relative Children's Sexual Behaviors," Pediatrics

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Education Week; Los Angeles Times; San Diego Union-Tribune

Commentary: Education Week; San Diego Union-Tribune


  • Why We Need to Study the Tutors

    Based on the results of statewide standardized tests, more than 15 percent of U.S. schools are in need of improvement. The students attending these schools need help, writes Megan Beckett.

    Jan 20, 2010 Education Week

  • Monitor After-School Programs Carefully

    Now that California schools have access to up to $550 million in new assistance annually under Proposition 49 to fund after-school programs, wise choices need to be made to ensure the money will be used for programs that give children the maximum benefit, writes Megan Beckett in an commentary.

    Jan 2, 2003 San Diego Union-Tribune