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Clare Waterman Irwin, PhD, a highly experienced researcher and evaluator, leads studies that guide education leaders and policymakers in improving outcomes for students. She brings extensive expertise in measurement, quantitative and qualitative research methods, policy analysis, mixed methods evaluations, research-practitioner partnerships, and technical assistance. Her research focuses on identifying strategies to improve early childhood education.

Irwin leads the Vermont Universal PreK Research Partnership and Early Childhood Workforce Development Research Alliance for REL Northeast & Islands at EDC. She is co-director of Partnership for Early Education Research (PEER) and has led several state contracts.

Irwin is the lead author of Survey Methods for Educators: Collaborative Survey Development and regularly publishes her findings in peer-reviewed journals. Before joining EDC, she served as a research specialist for Providence Public School District.  

Irwin holds a BA in Philosophy from University of Colorado Boulder and an MSEd in Human Development; MS in Quantitative Methods; and PhD in Policy Research, Evaluation, and Measurement from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She was an IES Pre-doctoral Training Fellow from 2007 to 2011.