Jill Cannon

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Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in political science, University of California, Los Angeles; M.P.P. in public policy, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D. in public administration, University of Southern California


Jill Cannon is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her work focuses on examining the relationship between early childhood programs and policies and child outcomes. She was previously a policy fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, and prior to that she served as the associate director of Child Policy at RAND, as well as associate director of the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities. Cannon has led multiple studies, and her recent research includes studies of pre-kindergarten experiences of children of immigrants, home visitation programs, early grade retention, school entry age policy, state child safety seat policies, and the effectiveness of full-day kindergarten. She has coauthored publications on cost and outcome analysis of early childhood interventions and an examination of early achievement gaps among California students. Her current projects include a randomized field trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a home visitation program for new parents in New Mexico. This project also includes qualitative analysis of early implementation efforts across multiple sites. Cannon received her Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Recent Projects

  • New Mexico Home Visiting Randomized Trial Evaluation
  • Effects of Booster Seat Laws on Childhood Fatalities and Injuries
  • Identifying Successes among Current and Former English Learner Students
  • Preschool and School Readiness among Linguistically Isolated Children
  • Early Grade Retention in Los Angeles Unified School District