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Christine AllisonChristine Allison

Doctoral Student
Expected Graduation: 2017
Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey

Previous Education

Areas of Interest


Christy Allison has 17 years of experience in education and evaluation. She has worked extensively with USAID in education, participating in or directing evaluations and research studies in Europe & Eurasia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. For the U.S. Department of State, she worked on various evaluations of scholarship and exchange programs across Europe, Eurasia, and South Asia. She has successfully conducted focus group research on sensitive social issues, including racial identity and perceptions of government. In addition, she has directed evaluations for non-profit clients to assess the degree to which students in various extracurricular programs have learned the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors expected through the program interventions. In each of these efforts, her responsibilities included survey design (face-to-face and online), focus group and site visit protocol design, instrument testing, focus group moderation and observation, conducting site visits, data analysis, and report writing. She is adept at both qualitative and quantitative data analysis using software packages such as nVivo, Atlas.ti, SPSS, and STATA.

Dissertation Topic

For my dissertation, I plan to examine how internationalization has changed how university teaching staff in Indonesia perceive “quality” in their disciplines and their conceptions of what constitutes “quality” teaching practice. I will also explore the constraints teaching staff face as they try to adapt their teaching practice to achieve outcomes aligned with their perceptions of “world class” quality.

Selected Publications

Fawcett, C., El Sawi, G., & Allison, C. (2014). Technical and vocational education and training in Europe and Eurasia. Washington, DC: USAID.

Tolo, K., Allison, C. & Ladd, A. (2012). Trends and Opportunities in Quality Assurance and Collaboration with External Stakeholders for Indonesian HEIs. Jakarta: USAID.

Allison, C. (2012). Leading Through HICD Module 5: Evaluation Models and Application Facilitator’s Guide. Tbilisi: USAID.

Allison, C. (2012). Leading Through HICD Module 5: Evaluation Models and Application Participants’ Guide. Tbilisi: USAID.

Allison, C. Ladd, A., Tolo, K. et al. (2012). Collaborative Assessment of 11 Higher Education Institutions in Indonesia. Jakarta: USAID.

Odell, M., Allison, C. & Lung, D. (2012). Learning from What We Do: A Training Guide for Applying USAID’s Evaluation Policy to Education Programs. Washington, DC: USAID.

Carroll, G., Sum, C., Allison, C., et al. (2011). 2010/2011 Race and Hispanic Origin Alternative Questionnaire Experiment Focus Group Research Report. Washington, DC: US Census Bureau.

Tolo, K., Method, F., French, P., Allison, C. & Rhodes, J. (2011). Best Practices for USAID International Higher Education Institutional Partnerships: Asia and Middle East Regions, Volumes I & II. Washington, DC: USAID.

Allison, C. (2010). Evaluation of the fourth annual Financial Media Institute. Washington, DC: U.S.–China Education Trust.

Allison, C., Culver, K., & Rasnake R. (2009). An outcomes and impacts evaluation of the President’s Africa Evaluation Initiative. Washington, DC: USAID.

Revised June 2015