Curtis Jones

Office: Enderis Hall 241
Email: jones554@uwm.edu
Phone: 312-421-0277

Curtis Jones

Senior Scientist
Office of Research and Engaged Scholarship


Dr. Curtis Jones is a senior scientist and mixed-methods (quantitative/qualitative) evaluator who has conducted a number of rigorous evaluations using both quasi-experimental and experimental methods. He is currently the PI for the evaluation of the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System and the i3-funded Milwaukee Community Literacy Project.

He has previously worked as the director of evaluation for the Value-Added Research Center (VARC), as the principal evaluator of extended learning programs for the Chicago Public Schools and as the manager of research and evaluation for Heartland Alliance, conducting evaluations of criminal justice, social service, housing, and mental health initiatives. He received his Ph.D. in community and prevention research from the University of Illinois Chicago.


Current Evaluation Projects


Evaluation of Milwaukee Community Literacy Project (MCLP) or SPARK

SPARK is a collaboration between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to provide literacy tutoring, after-school, and parent engagement support to early-grade MPS students. SPARK was awarded an i3 grant by the Department of Education. Through this grant, we are conducting a randomized-control evaluation to measure the impact of SPARK on reading achievement.

Research Report - Evaluation of the Milwaukee Community Literacy Project/SPARK Program: Findings from the First Cohort (PDF)

Research Brief - Evaluation of the Milwaukee Community Literacy Project/SPARK Program: Interim Findings from the Second Cohort (PDF)

Evaluation of the State of Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System

The state of Wisconsin’s Educator Effectiveness System represents a significant change in the way educators in the state of Wisconsin are evaluated. The evaluation of the state of Wisconsin’s Educator Effectiveness System is designed to monitor its implementation and provide the Department of Public Instruction with ongoing formative feedback about the implementation of the system.


Recent Publications


Jones, C. J. (2014). Supplemental Educational Services and Accountability: Implementation before Achievement. Submitted for publication.

Jones, C. J. (2014). Characteristics of Supplemental Educational Services providers that explain the heterogeneity of provider effects on achievement. Educational Policy. Advance online publication. DOI: 0895904813518098.

Jones, C. J., Trickett, E., & Birman, D. (2012). Determinants and consequences of child culture brokering in families from the former Soviet Union. American Journal of Community Psychology, 50 (1-2), 182-196.