Assistant Professor, Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA)
Emily Gates' work advances evaluation theory and practice to better address the complexity of educational, social, and health programs. Society's most pressing problems and the initiatives designed to address them require inter-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder learning combined with continuous efforts to improve and innovate. Her research, evaluation, and teaching all aspire to facilitate collaborative learning and action.
As an evaluator, she uses a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and systems methods to examine the implementation, effectiveness, outcomes, and impacts of programs, with emphases on diversity and equity. She has co-led and assisted with evaluations funded by the National Science Foundation in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and, specifically, with regards to K-12 teacher professional development, higher education curriculum reform, and educational technology. Additionally, she evaluated a summer institute for international teachers funded by the State Department as well as several state and community-based programs. Immediately prior to joining Boston College, she was an evaluation fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she worked on the evaluation of the national tobacco education media campaign, Tips From Former Smokers®.
Her research interests focus on the translation and application of systems thinking and complexity science to evaluation; the creative use of multiple and mixed methodologies; and the role of values and valuing in evaluation. She currently teaches two program evaluation courses, introductory research, and mixed methods research.