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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 formative and summative evaluations of educational programs and technologies. Murphy’s research combines studies of program implementation across different populations and contexts and program outcomes using experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

Currently, Murphy is co-principal investigator of a U.S. Department of Education-funded study of an online math homework platform. He is also the PI of a study of online learning within programs serving low-skilled adults funded by the Joyce Foundation. He was also the PI on two recently completed projects that studied how K-12 schools are blending online and offline instruction to support teaching and learning. This work, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, included a study of Khan Academy.

Murphy's Ph.D. is from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He also completed a program in public sector analysis at Trinity College, University of Dublin. He has an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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