Grossman joined MDRC in 2011 as a part-time senior fellow in the K-12 Education Policy Area. She is working on the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Social Innovation Fund project, leading the evaluation of the BELL summer program. She is also the project director for two other studies: an evaluation of the U.S. Department of Education’s i3 grant to expand PowerTeaching, a technology-enhanced professional development intervention for middle-school mathematics teachers, and a study of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Completion By Design initiative, in which community colleges are trying to reorient the way they do business to improve students’ ability to complete their courses of study.
In addition to her position at MDRC, Grossman teaches courses on program evaluation and youth programs as a member of the faculty of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Immediately prior to joining MDRC, Grossman served as chief evaluation officer for the U.S. Department of Labor, where she was responsible for developing and overseeing evaluations for all agencies in the Department, including evaluations of training programs, the unemployment insurance program, worker-protection strategies, and worker-benefit programs. She has over two decades of experience developing and conducting both qualitative and quantitative evaluations of a wide variety of social programs — employment and training, health, welfare, dropout prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, education, and youth programs — including a dozen random assignment evaluations. Grossman is an economist who received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976 and her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980.