Georgia Hall

Georgia Hall

Associate Director
Senior Research Scientist, National Institute on Out-of-School Time

Ph.D., Boston College
ghall@wellesley[dot]edu \ Phone: 781-283-2530


Leads national studies on youth development programs, settings, and learning experiences, with a focus on out-of-school time, physical activity, and healthy eating; Directs the National Afterschool Matters Initiative


Georgia Hall, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) and associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). Hall specializes in research and evaluation on youth development programs, settings, and learning experiences. Her work has focused extensively on strategies to improve out-of-school time program quality along with investigation of summer learning programs and STEM initiatives for girls. Hall serves as principal investigator on several multi-year research projects and is a frequent presenter at national conferences, seminars, and meetings.


Current Work

In 2015, Hall began working in collaboration with Global Evaluation and Applied Research Solution (GEARS) on the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) State Monitoring and Technical Assistance Project with the U.S. Department of Education. As principal investigator on this project, Hall gathers data on program improvement, provides technical expertise to state education agencies, and provides the U.S. Department of Education with fiscal, analytical, and logistic services to monitor grant compliance. Hall is also the technical assistance and training partner to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 21st CCLC Program. In this role, Hall develops, tests, and refines tools to measure youth outcomes and out-of-school time program quality.

The NIOST Afterschool Matters Initiative, also directed by Hall, includes the National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship Program and Afterschool Matters,em> a journal for out-of-school time practitioners, researchers, and other related professionals. As principal investigator on this initiative, Hall is managing editor of the journal and facilitates an intensive professional development opportunity in which out-of-school time professionals advance their own practice to improve program quality and experiences for children and youth. Funding for these activities has been generously provided by the Robert Bowne Foundation.

In December 2014, Hall began working as principal investigator for the American Museum of Natural History’s BridgeUp: STEM program. For this project, Hall is tracking the experiences of high school girls enrolled in a computational science program at the Museum to understand the participants’ changes in attitude and interest toward STEM careers and aspirations.

Since 2012, Hall has been collaborating with Boston After School & Beyond, Boston Public Schools, and local community-based organizations to measure program quality and common youth program outcomes during the summer and the school year. Hall also continues to work as a research and evaluation partner to the Providence After School Alliance.

Recently, Hall began work as co-investigator on the Quality to Outcomes Study, funded by the MOTT Foundation. Hall works in partnership with the Massachusetts and Minnesota Departments of Education and the American Institutes for Research to study how high-quality out-of-school time programs can promote participants’ literacy development and the role social and emotional learning may play in supporting the development of literacy-related skills. The study will be undertaken in 21st CCLCs the Massachusetts and Minnesota Departments of Education that have a demonstrated capacity and track record of providing high-quality afterschool programming over several years.

Background

Hall’s work has included management of many types of large research and technical assistance projects including supervising logistics, development and execution of fieldwork and data collection systems, data processing, analysis, and reporting, and overall communication and collaboration with project partners and funders.

Affiliations

Hall is a board member of the American Camping Association, New England and the Hopkinton Little League. She is also an enthusiastic youth basketball, baseball, and softball coach in her local community.

Phone: 781-283-2530
Fax: 781-283-3657
www.niost.org