Dr. Merola has more than 12 years of experience leading and managing educational research grant and contract activities in applied settings. She is an award-winning evaluator and is proficient in a number of quantitative and qualitative methods. Dr. Merola has extensive experience working with school districts to evaluate the impact of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, including mixed-methods evaluations, survey design, implementation, and analysis. Dr. Merola has designed and managed evaluations, created rubrics for large research syntheses and systematic literature reviews, and managed the collection and processing of the reviewed materials. Dr. Merola was a manager on the What Works Clearinghouses Middle School and Elementary School Mathematics Curriculum Interventions reviews for almost five years. As part of this project she created standards for rigorous evaluations and reviewed hundreds of studies of math interventions. As part of her work on mixed-methods evaluations, Dr. Merola has managed and designed instruments for qualitative data collection activities, including case studies of high school Career and Technical Education programs, and case studies of middle- and high schools that were implementing a mathematics coaching program for their teachers. Dr. Merola has extensive experience developing items for surveys, including creating background items for NAEP. Her evaluation of the Mathematics Instructional Coaches (MIC) program, a professional development program for math teachers, won the AERA Division H 2012 Outstanding Publication Competition in the Educational Program Evaluation category.