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Rahel Kahlert


Rahel Kahlert is a postdoctoral research affiliate at the Charles A. Dana Center. Ms. Kahlert holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, on impact evaluation using randomized controlled trials. Based on this work, she has argued for strengthening evidence-based policy enhancing its relevance and generalizability through addressing methodological limitations. Her prior academic work includes a Master in Theology from the University of Vienna, Austria, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin on policy evaluation, for which she received the Emmette S. Redford Award. 

Ms. Kahlert was invited to present her PhD research at the Geneva Evaluation Network at the United Nations’ Palais des Nations. With over  20 conference presentations, she is adept at communicating complex topics in straight-forward terms. She has been an active member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) since 2004 and is the webmaster for the International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation, a Topical Interest Group of AEA. 

In addition to her academic experience, Ms. Kahlert has eight years of professional experience in program evaluation. As an evaluation associate at the Charles A. Dana Center, she worked to advance equitable education. Ms. Kahlert collaborated with public officials and state legislators on evidence-based resource allocation in education. She co-authored several successful federal grant applications, held training sessions, and jointly published findings in peer-reviewed journals. She also worked for the University of Texas, where she helped implement departmental performance-based assessment systems. 

Ms. Kahlert is currently looking for a position in policy analysis and program evaluation, preferably at the international level. 


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Research Interests: Evidence-based policy; policy and program evaluation; education policy; international development