Ayrin Molefe is a senior statistician/methodologist at AIR with more than 13 years of experience in statistical analysis, consulting and teaching. She has expertise in formulating scientifically-based research designs and in analyzing complex educational datasets. She is the lead statistician in a four-year Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) grant evaluating the Enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies (eMINTS) program, and was the lead statistician in a recently completed two-year Institute of Education-funded study that evaluated the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) program. She collaborates with various teams as a statistician and as a consultant – developing and/or providing advice on the study design and statistical methodology, conducting and/or guiding statistical analysis, writing specific components (e.g., the methodology section) of research proposals and technical reports, reviewing and providing input on grant proposals, and resolving statistical issues and questions.
Dr. Molefe has expertise in hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), multiple imputation, propensity score analysis, Rasch analysis and many other methodologies. She has a passion for learning, and has undergone extensive training with leading experts in experimental and quasi-experimental designs, causal inference, HLM, missing data methods and structural equation modeling. She has almost 20 years of solid SAS programming experience and is well versed in R, S-Plus, SYSTAT, and Minitab software.
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Molefe was a statistics professor at the University of Central Arkansas.