Megan K. Beckett is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Beckett's 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.
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