Anamarie A. Whitaker

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Policy Researcher
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in education, University of California, Irvine; B.A. in psychology, University of Texas at Austin


Anamarie Whitaker is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on how child programs and policies affect child and family development and how local educational systems can best develop and implement high-quality programs and policies. Whitaker has extensive knowledge of early-childhood education, early-learning policies and interventions, out-of-school time (OST) programs and policies, community-based organizations, collective impact initiatives, and multi-agency collaborations. Her recent research on early-learning interventions and policies focuses on how community systems can best provide high-quality care to children and how programs can increase quality through professional development supports including coaching. Additionally, her work examines the effectiveness of early childhood education participation and individual program components, such as curriculum selection on children’s school readiness and early elementary academic and social and emotional outcomes.

In the area of OST, Whitaker’s research examines how local organizations can best partner with schools or other groups to promote high-quality program implementation and positive youth development, and how community organizations can strengthen their own evaluation and measurement work. In her research, she uses both quantitative and qualitative methods, including key informant interviews, focus groups and rigorous quantitative data analytic techniques, to answer practice- and policy-relevant research questions. Whitaker also has extensive experience with developmental evaluations and providing formative feedback to research partners. She received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in educational policy from the University of California, Irvine.


  • Students in the Munroe Elementary School after-school garden club show off plants they are going to plant in the school's garden in Denver, Colorado, May 9, 2012

    High-Quality Out-of-School-Time Programs Are Worthy of Investment

    High-quality out-of-school-time programs can benefit youth, and tend to produce outcomes linked to program content. Funders and policymakers could maximize benefits of these programs by providing adequate resources and funding to support quality programming. It could be a wise investment for America's youth.

    Nov 19, 2018 Youth Today