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Alina Martinez, Ed.D.

Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy Division

Alina Martinez, Ed.D. Alina Martinez, Ed.D.
Alina Martinez has more than 15 years of experience conducting evaluations of federal and local education and training programs. She has extensive knowledge of programs designed to increase individuals’ school success, college access, and pursuit of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Her research in these areas has provided vital information to clients including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In addition, Dr. Martinez has applied her research and analytical talents to other issues, among them science research productivity and international collaborations and workforce development.

Martinez is the project director on the demonstrations to test promising strategies within the U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound and GEAR UP programs, as well as the evaluation of the NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program. She serves as principal investigator (PI) on the evaluation of NSF’s Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program and as co-PI on an NSF RAPID grant working to establish a research agenda for programs that make use of STEM professionals in educational programming. A skilled project director and principal investigator, Martinez makes time to share her findings and insights through presentations to researchers and practitioners. 

She holds a Ed.D. in Education and a Master’s in Education Administration Planning and Social Policy, both from Harvard University. She earned a Master’s degree in Educational Foundations Bilingual Life Science from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Cornell University. 
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Key Projects

  • Effectiveness of Promising Strategies in Federal College Access Programs, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.
  • Program Evaluation of NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation.
  • RAPID Grant: Establishing the STEM Corps Evaluation and Research Agenda (2013−Present). Project to develop an actionable. Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, National Science Foundation.
  • Evaluation of the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Program, Office of International and Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation.




Selected Relevant Publications and Papers

  • Martinez, A., Linkow, T., Velez, M., & DeLisi, J. (2014). Evaluation Study of Summer of Innovation Stand-Alone Program Model FY 2013: Outcomes Report. Report prepared for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA. Available http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/soi_stand-alone_program_model_fy2013_outcome_report.pdf
  • Martinez, A., Linkow, T., Brooke, N., DeLisi, J., & Levy, A. J. (2013). Evaluation Study of Summer of Innovation Stand-Alone Program Model FY 2013: Implementation Report. Report prepared for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA. Available http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/performance/index.html
  • Martinez, A., Epstein, C., Parsad, A., & Whittaker, K. (2012). Evaluation of NSF’s International Research Fellowship Program: Final Report. Prepared for the National Science Foundation. Bethesda, MD: Abt Associates.
  • Martinez, A., Neishi, K., Parsad, A., Whittaker, K., & Epstein, C. (2012). Evaluation of the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Program: Final Report. Prepared for the National Science Foundation. Bethesda, MA: Abt Associates.
  • Minner, D. Martinez, A., & Freeman, B. (2012). Compendium of Research Instruments for STEM Education PART I: Teacher Practices, PCK and Content Knowledge. Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education. Available http://cadrek12.org/sites/default/files/Compendium%20of%20STEM%20instruments%20Part%201.pdf
  • Martinez, A., Caven, M., Sahni, S., Lewis, M., de la Cruz, R, & DeLisi, J. (2012). Evaluation of NASA Explorer Schools, Final Report. Report prepared for National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA. 
  • Hamann, S. & Martinez, A. (2011). Facilitating and Experiencing Interdisciplinary Research: A Mid-course Evaluation of the Interdisciplinary Research Consortium Program. Final report prepared for the Interdisciplinary Research Working Group of the National Institutes of Health (Common Fund), Bethesda, MD: Abt Associates.
  • Martinez, A., de la Cruz, RJ., Shlager, C., Katz, L., Rhodes, H., & McGarry, N. (2010). The Science and Technology Centers Integrative Partnership Program: Survey of Former Graduate Students. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates.
  • Carney, J., Martinez, A., Dreier, J., Neishi, K., & Parsad, A. (2009). Evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT): Follow-up Study of IGERT Graduates. Prepared for the National Science Foundation. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates.