Martin Orland, Ph.D., Senior Scholar, Research and Evaluation, focuses on research design, data analysis, and the use of evidence in state and district policy development. Previously he served as senior program director for evaluation and policy research at WestEd. As director of the Center for Education at the National Research Council, part of the National Academies, he developed and disseminated influential research reports covering such topics as student cognition; scientific research in education, STEM teaching, learning, and curriculum; and technology applications in schools. 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. 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). 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 he regularly presents at international, national, and regional conferences.