Elena Rosa Speciani

Elena Rosa Speciani
Research Leader


M.Ed. in psychology and education, University of Cambridge; P.G.C.E. in primary, University of Cambridge; B.Sci. (Hons) in natural sciences, Durham University

Media Resources

This researcher is available for interviews.

To arrange an interview, contact RAND Europe Media Relations at +44 (1223) 353 329, x2560, or email europeanmedia@rand.org.

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Elena Rosa Speciani is a research leader at RAND Europe overseeing numerous research projects spanning education and early childhood. She is known for her ability to make findings from research accessible to key decision makers and has been a guest on BBC's Woman's Hour and a speaker at the World Education Summit.

She is a former classroom teacher with over 20 years’ experience working across education and policy, using evidence and evaluation to support strategic goals of public and non-profit organisations, including Ontario’s Ministry of Education, England’s Department of Education, and Department of Education and Training in Victoria (Australia).

Prior to joining RAND, Speciani was a senior evaluation manger at the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) managing and advising on the design of over 80 large-scale trials and developmental pilots in schools across the UK and Australia. While at the EEF she designed and managed the creation of a large online database of measures looking at mental health and non-academic outcomes. Previously, she worked as the lead researcher on a mixed-methods multi-site study of parenting programme implementation on behalf of the Centre for Mental Health.

She holds an M.Ed. in psychology and education from the University of Cambridge.



Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC Radio 4