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Makoto Hanita, PhD, develops research designs for randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental studies, observational investigations, and retrospective analyses of education data. He works to ensure studies have methodological rigor, are relevant to stakeholders’ priorities, and produce practical, actionable findings.

Hanita provides methodological leadership for the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC. In this capacity, he works closely with the deputy director to guide and oversee all research, and he co-leads internal technical reviews of study reports. An expert in addressing threats to validity in real-world settings, he is adept in coaching researchers and practitioners on designs and analyses. He was previously a senior research methodologist at Education Northwest, where he led the design and analysis of several large-scale experimental studies in education.

Hanita holds a BS in business administration from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, and a PhD in social psychology from Indiana University. He speaks Japanese, English, and Portuguese.

Speaking Highlights

The Impact of Project GLAD® on Literacy and Science for ELs and non-ELs: Year 1 Results from a Cluster Randomized Trial

Paper presentation, Annual meeting of the American Education Research Association
Philadelphia, PA
April 2014

The Impact of Project GLAD on Students’ Literacy and Science Learning: Year 1 Results from a Cluster Randomized Trial of Sheltered Instruction

Paper presentation, Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Washington, DC
March 2014

Selected Publications

Young, H. E., Falco, R. A., & Hanita, M. (2016). Randomized, controlled trial of a comprehensive program for young students with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(2), 544–560.

Nishioka, V. M., Coe, M. T., Hanita, M., & Moscato, S. R. (2014). Dedicated education unit: Nurse perspectives on their clinical teaching role. Nursing Education Perspectives, 35(5), 294–300.

Coe, M., Hanita, M., Nishioka, V., & Smiley, R. (2011). An investigation of the impact of the 6+1 Trait Writing model on grade 5 student writing achievement (NCEE 2012-4010). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, REL Northwest.

Selected Resources


This brief provides schools and districts with an overview of a matched-comparison group design and describes how they can use this research method to answer questions about the impacts of educational programs.

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