Joshua R. Polanin
Joshua R. Polanin is a principal researcher in the Research and Evaluation program at AIR. He has extensive experience in quantitative methodology, and has led or co-led more than 15 peer-reviewed, published meta-analyses. Dr. Polanin also has helped designed and evaluate multiple studies of social emotional learning programs. His primary responsibility is to lead, as project director, the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Statistics, Website, and Training (SWAT) contract. The purpose of the project is to assist the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the conduct of the WWC by providing institutional support to all aspects of the initiative.
In addition to this role, Dr. Polanin is leading two National Institute of Justice-funded systematic reviews and meta-analyses, The Consequences of School Violence: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis and A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Interventions to Decrease Cyberbullying Perpetration and Victimizations, respectively. He is also the co-principal investigator of an IES-funded training grant, Meta-Analysis Training Institute, and the co-principal investigator on the IES-funded systematic review and meta-analysis of college aid programs, How Effective are Various Types of College Aid Programs? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Evidence.
Previously, Dr. Polanin was the principal investigator of two methodological projects to advance the science of research transparency and reproducibility. At Development Services Group, Inc., he held leadership positions on two What Works Clearinghouse contracts, serving as the deputy project director and quality control manager. He was the senior methodologist on multiple randomized-controlled trials focused on preventing school violence. He is also on the editorial board of Review of Educational Research and helped to found the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Special Interest Group, Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. In 2017, Dr. Polanin won the Emerging Researcher award from the University of California, Berkeley’s Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). In 2018, he won the Reviewer of the Year award from the Review of Educational Research.