Kevin L. Brown, PhD, is a vice president in NORC's Academic Research Centers (ARC). He has worked at NORC in various capacities since 2004, most recently as project director of the Center for Advancing Research and Communication in STEM. The STEM Center was funded by The National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) program as it works to improve instruction, and learning, in and outside of formal classroom settings. Brown's responsibilities as project director included assessing the technical assistance needs of REESE projects, coordinating the delivery of such assistance, developing activities to build a REESE community, disseminating information about REESE projects via the STEM Center website, and managing special evaluative studies led by primary investigator (PI) Barbara Schneider, including a quasi-experimental evaluation of the impact of NSF funding on the productivity of REESE PIs. Brown also served in a similar capacity for the Data Research and Development Center (DRDC), a center funded by NSF to support the Interagency Education Research Initiative (IERI), and is the evaluator of the NSF support center (CIRCL) for the Cyberlearning and Future of Learning Technologies (CFLT) program.
Other evaluation projects led by Brown include a multi-year social network analysis of NSF’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) initiative, a quantitative assessment of the impact of the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund (ICF), evaluations of two graduate student training programs at the University of Chicago, and the qualitative component of NORC's contract with the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate the Growth Model Pilot Program (GMPP). He also managed evaluations of the Center for Education (CFE) at the National Academies and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Program on Workplace, Workforce, and Working Families and served as the senior advisor on NORC’s Evaluation of the Undergraduate STEM Interventions with Industry (USI2) Consortium Program. Brown currently directs the NIH-funded Chicago Health and Activity in Real-Time (CHART) project, led by University of Chicago professor Kathleen Cagney, which builds on his expertise using the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) first employed in an NSF-funded study of Gendered Differences in STEM Persistence. Other methods that Brown has used for evaluation and research purposes include statistical analysis of website usage data and the incorporation of local sensor data in neighborhood survey research. He received in doctorate in Sociology at the University of Chicago.