Amanda Danks is a researcher at AIR with extensive experience supporting investigations aimed at enhancing equity and opportunity for learners of all backgrounds and abilities. She currently manages a variety of cost analysis projects associated with statewide policies undertaken by North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Texas along with targeted programs implemented by the Legal Aid Society of New York and the Duke Endowment Fund.
Previously, Dr. Danks managed a project analyzing the implementation, impact, and costs associated with the Pennsylvania Full-Day Kindergarten programs. She is adept at framing complex educational policies and programs in an effort to determine the resources they use, the corresponding costs, and their cost-effectiveness. Dr. Danks completed her Ph.D. at North Carolina State University in the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis program in 2021, where her training focused on the economics of education and methods of cost analysis.
Ph.D., Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, North Carolina State University; M.A., Leadership in Teaching—Specialization in Special Education, University of Notre Dame in Maryland; B.S., Psychology, Bethany College