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Jill Connelly

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Director
Jill focuses on managing complex data collection efforts that involve households and early care and education providers.

Jill is a seasoned project manager who has deep experience with multi-mode data collection efforts (CATI, CAPI, PAPI, and Web) and large-scale, nationally representative studies.  With more than 15 years in survey research, Jill has a wide variety of skills that include the development of data collection and locating protocols, design of IT systems, oversight of data collection operations, questionnaire development and cognitive interviewing, training of interviewers and locators, design and implementation of quality assurance plans, development of data files and documentation, and staff and budget oversight.

Jill has worked on the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) since 2010 and is currently serving as the Deputy Project Director for the 2024 NSECE. She is working with the team to design the data collection protocols, respondent outreach strategies, and IT systems for the upcoming data collection in 2024. The NSECE is a complex effort that involves fielding four integrated surveys in a short timeframe. Success requires coordination across a number of teams, well-defined but flexible processes, careful monitoring of data collection progress and project spending, and quick problem-solving. She has also worked as the project director of the CollegePoint Virtual Advising Program Evaluation Surveys since 2016 which collects data from CollegePoint advisees to inform the ongoing evaluation of this important advising program. This project has collected data from advisees across seven separate rounds, implementing an efficient data collection protocol that involves email, SMS, and telephone outreach to achieve consistently high response rates. 

Jill also serves as the Project Manager on the Support for Analytic Capacity of the National Survey of Early Care and Education Public-use and Restricted-use Data Files and Consumer Education and Parental Choice in Early Care and Education. For both projects, Jill coordinates staff, oversees schedule and budget, tracks deliverables and manages quality assurance activities and other administrative tasks.



University of Chicago


Gettysburg College

Project Contributions

Consumer Education & Parent Choice in Early Care & Education

Understanding how parents find and use information to make early child care decisions


Administration for Children and Families, Health and Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

Support for Analytic Capacity of the NSECE Data

Enhancing the analytic capacity of the NSECE’s public-use and restricted-use data


Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services