Robert F. Murphy

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Senior Policy Researcher
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in human development & social policy, Northwestern University; M.S. in mechanical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Massachusetts


Robert Murphy is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Murphy’s research focuses on research and evaluation of innovative educational and workforce training programs and technologies. His research combines studies of program implementation and impacts on program participants using qualitative methods and experimental and rigorous quasi-experimental designs. Murphy has designed and led a wide range of research projects on the use and impacts of instructional technologies across a variety of learning settings (K–12, higher education, and adult basic education) for a variety of government agencies, foundations, and commercial clients. Among his current projects, Murphy is the co-principal investigator of a study of the efficacy of an online homework support platform for mathematics and two separate randomized control trial evaluations of new science curricula aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and published by Amplify Science.

Before joining RAND, Murphy was the director of evaluation research for SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and his M.S. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.