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Robert Murphy

Director of Evaluation Research, Center for Technology in Learning
Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy, Ph.D., is director of evaluation research in SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning. Murphy’s research focuses on the design and implementation of large-scale experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of widely adopted educational programs and technologies.

Murphy’s other research interests include the use of meta-analytic techniques to extract from existing research what is known about the use and effectiveness of educational technology programs and practices. In addition, he has extensive research experience in the collection and analysis of teachers’ classroom assignments and student work products to help understand the impact of educational interventions on classroom instruction.

Murphy is currently the co-principal investigator on a task order for the U.S. Department of Education studying the policies associated with and the use and effectiveness of online instruction in K-12 educational settings. He is also the principal investigator on two separate projects that seek to understand the ways schools and teachers are blending online instruction with more traditional practices to support teaching and learning. This work is being funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Murphy has played key design and leadership roles on two recent national random assignment control studies funded by the U.S. Department of Education. He was SRI’s deputy project director for the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Educational Technology Interventions (EETI) and SRI’s project director for the Evaluation of Early Elementary Mathematics Curricula (EEMC). Both of these rigorous studies involved the study of curriculum materials and programs currently in use in thousands of classrooms nationwide.

Murphy has a Ph.D., in human development and social policy from Northwestern University. He also completed a program in public sector analysis at the University of Dublin - Trinity College. He has an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

He was also a research graduate fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Dublin - Trinity College, and a research engineer at United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Connecticut.

With SRI's Barbara Means and Marianne Bakia, Murphy is co-author of the book Learning Online, published in April 2014.