The REF Collaborative brings together researchers and practitioners from across the nation who are interested in either exploring new research questions relevant to the intersection of the family and education sciences or using the research literature to support the translation, implementation, and evaluation of programs designed to support the general well-being of all students, educators, and/or families.
The founders of the REF Collaborative are Dr. Richard Feistman and Dr. Tyler Jamison. These scholar-practitioners have combined to produce nearly two dozen published research articles, as well as presented (often by invitation or through peer-reviewed proposals) at over 50 events since 2010. Dr. Feistman’s school and program evaluation experience paired with Dr. Jamison’s expertise in qualitative methodology brings a unique skill set to this project that meets the needs of the project as proposed in the funding announcement.
Dr. Feistman specializes in program evaluation and educational leadership. He has supported State Agencies (Education and Health), Local Education Agencies, and nonprofits in implementing and evaluation of projects ranging from statewide to individual programs. Dr. Feistman is an expert mixed-method evaluator who has assessed projects using a variety of techniques. In his earlier work as a middle school educator in Washington Heights NYC, Dr. Feistman worked with schools where students were nearly universally ELL-identified, he has supported Title I, II, and II projects with state agencies, and worked with university projects that address the specific needs of families that include teen parents and those in recovery. Dr. Feistman was also appointed to the New Hampshire Wellness and Primary Prevention Council where he designed and implemented a multi-step evaluation for assessing the quality of a statewide network of family resource centers.
Dr. Jamison is a family and relationship scholar who writes and presents nationally on research that explores the well-being of low-income couples and families. Her research specifically focuses on the development of romantic and family relationships within the context of socioeconomic status and education-level. Dr. Jamison has designed and/or implemented programs to support children form post-divorce families, unmarried parents living in poverty, and teen parents. Dr. Jamison is an expert qualitative researcher whose methodological work has recently been included in an edited volume on qualitative data analysis.