Areas of Expertise
Impact Evaluation, International Development
340E Warren Hall • Phone: 607.255.1430
Mark A. Constas is as an Associate Professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. With a background in quantitative and qualitative methods, Professor Constas focuses on how to create monitoring and evaluations systems that have the capacity to generate results that are both technically defensible and programmatically useful. Within the field of evaluation, he is also interested in how best to track the effectiveness of interventions and policies as they are implemented across varied contexts, over long periods of time.His work in this area of evaluation aims to identify strategies to support the scale-up of interventions and programs. With an interest in developing contexts, his activities in research and evaluation focus on problems found in a number of sectors including education, nutrition and health, and agriculture.
Prior to coming to Cornell, Professor Constas worked as a research advisor and policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education. He has held academic positions outside of the United States at the University of Hong Kong (1993-98) and the University of Cape Town, South Africa (1991-93). Over the course of his career, he has been a consultant for national and international organizations including the U.S. Department of State (Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs); the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (Phnom Phen, Cambodia); and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Hong Kong). As part of his effort to develop the organizational conditions needed to advance research, Professor Constas founded and led the development of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, a professional association dedicated to building better connections between rigorous research and effective policy/practice.
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1987
M.S., Cornell University, 1985
B.S., Northeastern University, 1983
Okagaki, L., and M. Constas (in press). Deciding which interventions to evaluate at scale. In Mark W. Lipsey and David S. Cordray (eds.), Field Experimentation: Methods for Evaluating What Works, For Whom, Under What Circumstances, How, and Why. Sage Publications.
Rao, N., J. Sun, V. Pearson, E. Pearson, H. Liu, M. Constas, and P. Engle (in press). Is something better than nothing? An evaluation of early childhood programs in Cambodia. Child Development.
Van der Valk, L., and M. Constas. 2011. A review of recent literature on leadership and social capital: An analysis of the methodological warrants for causal inference. Adult Education Quarterly 61(1):73-90.
Constas, M. 2010. Field experimentation in education. In Barry McGaw, Penelope Peterson, and Eva Baker (eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd Edition. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Press.
Constas, M., and L. Hoey. 2009. Sustainable evaluation: A focus on developing contexts. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Orlando, FL, November 10-14, 2009.
Constas, M. A., and K. Brown. 2007. Toward a program of research on scale-up: Analytical requirements and theoretical possibilities. In B. Schneider and S. K. McDonald (eds.), Scale-up in education: Ideas in principle (pp. 247-57). Lanham, Maryland: Rowan and Littlefield.
Constas, M. A. 2007. Reshaping the methodological identity of education research: Early signs of the impact of federal policy. Evaluation Review 31(4):391-99.
- Team member, Cornell Small Farms Program, Local Food/Local Markets
- Board of Directors, Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
- Editorial Board, Journal for Research on Educational Effectiveness
- External reviewer for University Grants Council, University of Hong Kong
- Director of Graduate Studies, Graduate Field of Education (2008-10)