Elizabeth D. Steiner

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Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


M.S.P.P.M. in public policy administration and analysis, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. in psychology, Vassar College

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Elizabeth D. Steiner (she/her) is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation with expertise in education policy, policy analysis, program evaluation, and qualitative methods and analysis. She is also a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Steiner’s research is focused on ways to improve public education in the United States, reduce racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps, and improve equity of educational and life outcomes.

Her work also addresses implementation of public policy--how systems of rules and incentives intended to encourage behavior toward a desired outcome function in practice, and how policies could be improved to promote desired outcomes. These interests intersect in her work at RAND, which is focused on studying implementation of education reforms and policies. Current research topics include personalized and competency-based learning, teacher and school leader professional development, and educator evaluation systems.

Steiner holds an M.S.P.P.M. in public policy and management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.

Previous Positions

Policy Analyst

Recent Projects

  • Study of the implementation and outcomes of innovative personalized learning school models
  • Study of Opportunity by Design innovative high schools
  • Developing and validating measures of student-centered learning
  • Study of school leader training programs
  • Study of intensive partnerships for effective teaching

Selected Publications

Laura J. Faherty, Benjamin K Master, Elizabeth D. Steiner, Julia H. Kaufman, Zach Predmore, Laura Stelitano, Jennifer T. Leschitz, Brian Phillips, Heather L. Schwartz, Rebecca Wolfe, COVID-19 Testing in K-12 Schools: Insights from Early Adopters., RAND (WR-A1103-1), 2021

Elizabeth D. Steiner, Laura Stelitano, Andy Bogart, Sophie Meyers., The Promise of Summer as a Time for Teacher Professional Learning: Findings from a National Survey and Implications from the BellXcel Program. , RAND (RR-A196-1), 2021

Laura S. Hamilton, Christopher J. Doss, Elizabeth D. Steiner, Teacher and Principal Perspectives on Social and Emotional Learning in America’s Schools: Findings from the American Educator Panels, RAND (RR-2991), 2019

Elizabeth D. Steiner, Laura S. Hamilton, John F Pane, Jonathan Schweig, Larua Stelitano, Joseph D. Pane, Sophie Meyers., Building and Sustaining Innovative High Schools: Findings from the Opportunity by Design Study. , RAND (RR-A322-3), 2020

Christopher J. Doss, Elizabeth D. Steiner, Laura S. Hamilton, Teacher Perspectives on Social and Emotional Learning in Massachusetts: Findings from the American Teacher Panel, RAND (RR-3171), 2019

Julia H. Kaufman, Elizabeth D. Steiner, Matthew D. Baird, Raising the Bar for K–12 Academics Early Signals on How Louisiana’s Education Policy Strategies Are Working for Schools, Teachers, and Students, RAND (RR-2303/2), 2019

John F. Pane, Elizabeth D. Steiner, Matthew D. Baird, Laura S. Hamilton, Joseph D. Pane, Informing Progress: Insights on Personalized Learning Implementation and Effects, (RR-2042), 2017

Brian M. Stecher, Michael S. Garet, Laura S. Hamilton, Elizabeth D. Steiner, Abby Robyn, Jeffrey Poirier, Deborah Holtzman, Eleanor S. Fulbeck, Jay Chambers, Iliana Brodziak de los Reyes, Improving Teaching Effectiveness: The Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching Through 2013-2014, (RR-1295), 2016