Manolya Tanyu is a senior researcher at AIR. Dr. Tanyu has expertise in youth development, mentoring, social emotional learning, interventions in school and community settings, and systemic change. She has led and participated in numerous evaluations of programs and initiatives of systems change to investigate processes, practices and outcomes using qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Tanyu is currently managing the evaluation of the Mentoring Demonstration Enhancement Program funded by Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Program (OJJDP), a randomized control study with 32 sites. She is the performance management lead for the State Training and Technical Assistance Center funded by OJJDP, assessing participant satisfaction and outcomes. She is also part of the qualitative analysis team in the evaluation of the Collaborating District Initiative, an evaluation of Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)’s eight-district initiative to integrate social and emotional learning into academics.
Dr. Tanyu has led the Implementation of the 21st CCLC Program Monitoring in partnership with Berkeley Policy Associates and Westat, Inc. and a number of evaluations on afterschool programming. Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Tanyu worked with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at the University of Illinois–Chicago. She was responsible for development of practice guides and assessment tools and conducting evaluation activities with schools to promote schoolwide programming on social and emotional learning.