Matthew Vinson is a senior researcher working on out-of-school time (OST) initiatives with at AIR. Vinson is the project lead for OST evaluation efforts in New Jersey and Ohio, as well as analysis support for OST evaluations in Texas, Oregon, and Washington. He is the outcomes evaluation lead for the School’s Out New York City program, and is working with Chicago Public Schools to help design a leading indicator dashboard system.
Prior to these projects, Vinson was the project manager for the national 21st Century Community Learning Centers Profile and Performance Information Collection System, overseeing an annual data collection that gathered information from more than 10,000 sites nationwide. He has designed data-collection web pages for the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, and worked on the Reading First technical assistance team. He has worked with state-level staff on OST data quality and reporting, and has conducted state-level trainings across the country. He has experience in reporting, grant writing, data-collection system design, evaluation, federal-level program monitoring, experimental design and execution, team leadership, and research methodology. Vinson also has worked as an intern in Washington, D.C., on a variety of national and international policy issues relating to religious freedom. He earned a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he focused on matters of religion and society and earned an award in homiletics.