Martin Orland, Ph.D., Senior Scholar, Research and Evaluation, is an innovative and resourceful education leader with a proven track record in building organizations and product lines that support the highest priority knowledge needs of policymakers and educators. During a career spanning over 30 years, Dr. Orland has held numerous senior level positions within and outside of government, giving him a unique perspective on how to create and deliver the highest quality knowledge and data resources to diverse stakeholders and constituents.
Previously he served as Senior Program Director for Evaluation and Policy Research at WestEd and Founding Director of its Washington, DC office where he led a nationwide staff conducting research, evaluation, and technical assistance efforts for clients from federal, state and local agencies, national and community-based foundations, and non-profit and for-profit organizations. As Director of the Center for Education (CFE) at the National Research Council, part of the National Academies, he was responsible for the development and dissemination of influential research reports covering such topics such as student cognition; scientific research in education, STEM teaching, learning, and curriculum; and technology applications in schools. Dr. Orland also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences, where his responsibilities included the creation of the What Works Clearinghouse. In his role as Associate Commissioner with the National Center for Education Statistics, he directed the publication and dissemination of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
Dr. Orland is a former president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy and currently serves on the Editorial Board for Education Finance and Policy. He has authored several dozen publications for academic journals, policy and practitioner audiences, and government agencies and regularly presents at international, national, and regional conferences.