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Hitchcock, Ph.D.

Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy

John Hitchcock leads systematic reviews of evidence from education programs and evaluates program impacts. He has two decades of experience implementing and evaluating education interventions, with an emphasis on children with special learning needs.

Before joining Abt, Hitchcock had served since 2013 as director of the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP) and associate professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University’s School of Education. As CEEP’s director, he supervised up to $10 million in annual funding, as many as 40 projects, and a staff of up to 30 researchers, student assistants and support personnel. He has been a principal or co-principal investigator (PI) on multiple randomized controlled trials. He has supported the What Works Clearinghouse in a variety of roles, from PI to training reviewers, for 15 years.  

From 2008-2013, Hitchcock was associate professor of education research and program evaluation at Ohio University (tenured and promoted in 2012). From 1998-2008, he was lead analyst on the Sri Lanka Mental Health Promotion Program, which identified and addressed mental health needs of Sri Lankan youth. From 2006-2008, he worked on two projects for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education. For one project, he led a research synthesis that outlined promising evidence-based practices for integrating technology into teaching. For the second project, which involved monitoring student progress, he led product development of activities ranging from creating brochures based on the monitoring literature to contracting with researchers to develop scholarly articles.   

A prolific scholar, to date Hitchcock has co-authored 37 peer-reviewed journal articles, 12 book chapters (including works that are “in press”), and one book. He is co-editing two textbooks on research methods, and he has made 111 presentations at conferences from Osaka to Orlando. He is co-editor of International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches and is an editorial board member and former associate editor of School Psychology Review. According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited more than 2,450 times so far.


  • Program evaluation
  • Research design
  • Technical assistance for children with special learning needs
  • Mixed methods


Professional affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Mixed Methods International Research Association
  • American Evaluation Association
  • National Association of School Psychologists
John Hitchcock, Ph.D.