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Early Childhood Researcher, Center for Learning and Development
Betsy Davies-Mercier, Ph.D., has done work that addresses policies in support of young children and their families, including studies of school readiness, early childhood program participation, early literacy, and family engagement. Her background includes quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, as well as the dissemination of research and evaluation findings for a wide range of audiences. Currently, she provides technical assistance on program evaluation and supports dissemination of products for the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy Center). She recently completed case studies of the implementation and use of kindergarten entry assessments by early adopters of statewide assessment programs. Other recent work includes reporting on qualitative findings from the McKnight Foundation Education and Learning Initiative and from the Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus.
Davies-Mercier previously oversaw the analyses for and production of the Statewide Evaluation of First 5 California annual report to the State Legislature. She provided technical assistance to community- and state-level stakeholders to analyze and report on evaluation activities and technological capacities. Davies-Mercier also analyzed findings and made recommendations from the National Survey of America's Families, identifying characteristics of young children and families living in the California counties served by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She was an evaluator of Housing for Emancipated Youth, a community collaboration convened by the United Way of the Bay Area dedicated to empowering young adults in transition from San Francisco foster care to become self-sufficient.
Before joining SRI, Davies-Mercier served as project coordinator of a drug prevention curriculum grant sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. At Westat, Inc., she collaborated in questionnaire design, analysis, and report writing for the National Household Education Survey (NHES), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.
She holds a Ph.D. in applied social psychology from The George Washington University.