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Claire Robertson-Kraft

Director of Executive Education; Founder & Director, ImpactED

Claire Robertson-Kraft, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of ImpactED and an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. She has over ten years of experience working as a teacher, evaluator, and non-profit leader in the Philadelphia region. She has extensive experience teaching research methods and conducting evaluations in the areas of education, public policy, positive pscyhology, social impact, and community engagement. 

Claire began her career as a third grade teacher with Teach For America in Houston, which is where she discovered her passion for teaching. Currently, she teaches Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, and Capstone courses at the Fels Institute of Government and Education Policy Issues at the Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about bridging the worlds of research and practice. In 2009, she edited A Grand Bargain for Education Reform (Harvard Education Press), which provided practitioners with research-based strategies for implementing new teacher policies in urban schools. Since then, she has worked with numerous organizations in the Philadelphia region to evaluate their impact and use data to inform organizational improvement. 

Claire is also very active in the Philadephia civic community, serving as the Board Chair of Russell Byers Charter School, Co-Founder & Former President of PhillyCORE Leaders, former Board Chair of Young Involved Philadelphia, and on the boards of YouthBuild Philadelphia and Leadership Philadelphia. She was recognized as one of the New Faces of Philly in 2011, an Emerging Leader with the Forum for Executive Women, and a Leadership Philadelphia Connector and Keeper in 2014. 

Claire holds a BA in Urban Studies and Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Education Policy, both from the University of Pennsylvania. When she's not teaching or helping organizations measure their impact, you can find her swimming at Pottruck, biking on Kelly Drive, or eating out at one of the many delicious restaurants in her South Philly neighborhood. 

Courses Taught

Course Section: 001
On-Campus Day(s): Friday, Saturday
On-Campus Time(s):

This course will meet on-campus on the following Fridays from 9:30am-1pm and on the following Saturdays from 2-5:30pm: Fridays September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 1; Saturdays September 9, October 14, November 11, and December 2. This course will meet online on Mondays 6:30-7:30pm.

Online Day(s): Monday
Online Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Course Description:

This course will help students learn how to make evidence-based decisions in a public sector context. The course will introduce important data analysis skills and help students evaluate the quality of studies undertaken to measure the impact of public policies and programs. This course will meet on-campus on the following Fridays from 9:30am-1pm and on the following Saturdays from 2-5:30pm: Fridays September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 1; Saturdays September 9, October 14, November 11, and December 2. This course will meet online on Mondays 6:30-7:30pm.

Course Section: 900
On-Campus Day(s): Friday, Saturday
On-Campus Time(s):

On-campus meetings for Summer 2017 will be on:

  • Fridays from 2:00pm-5:30pm on May 19, June 23, and July 21
  • Saturdays from 2:00pm-5:30pm on May 20, June 24, and July 22
Online Day(s): Monday
Online Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Course Description:

This course introduces program evaluation in the context of research methods. Students learn about design and the application of data collection skills to all phases of program/service delivery from needs assessment to analysis of findings to implementation of changes based on results. Students learn to appreciate how these skills can be used as practical tools for identifying problems to developing and implementing programs. This applied course provides students with practical experiences to apply guidelines of evaluation and research methods in actual program evaluation projects in the Philadelphia region.  

Capstone Summer 2017
Course: MPA Capstone
Course Section: 001
On-Campus Time(s):

On-campus meetings for Summer 2017 will be on:

  • Fridays from 2:00pm-5:30pm on May 19, June 23, and July 21
  • Saturdays from 2:00pm-5:30pm on May 20, June 24, and July 22
Online Day(s): TBD
Course Description:

The completion of a capstone projects is one of the academic requirements for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government. The capstone project represents a way for graduate students to apply their multi-disciplinary learning from the program to a specific public administration challenge(s) or issue(s). To succesfully complete a capstone project, a student must receive a passing grade for his or her capstone paper and associated briefing. The student's capstone paper resembles a policy memo that an administrative staff writes to decision makers and stakeholders. The paper integrates and deepens the student's learning from the program. More importantly, the capstone paper provides a way for a student to bring her/his learning and knoweldge from the program back into her/his chosen career. The research focus should be one that is of great interest to the student as well as one from which a potential organization will benefit. Summer 2017 On-Campus Meetings are 2:00pm-5:30pm on Fridays--May 19, June 23, and July 21 and Saturdays--May 20, June 24, and July 22.

Course Section: 001
Day(s): Friday, Saturday
Hybrid Course: Yes, this class meets On-Campus and Online.
Hybrid Days and Time:

The class will meet on campus on the following Fridays and Saturdays: January 13-14; February 17-18; March 17-18; April 21-22. Friday classes will meet 9:30am-1:00pm, and Saturday classes will meet 2:00-5:30pm. The class will also meet online weekly on Mondays 6-7pm.

Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

Online Course Fee: $150 (in addition to course tuition and fees)

This course will help students learn how to make evidence-based decisions in a public sector context. The course will introduce important data analysis skills and help students evaluate the quality of studies undertaken to measure the impact of public policies and programs.

The class will meet on campus on the following Fridays and Saturdays: January 13-14; February 17-18; March 17-18; April 21-22. Friday classes will meet 9:30am-1:00pm, and Saturday classes will meet 2:00-5:30pm. The class will meet online weekly on Mondays 6-7pm.

Course Section: 001
Day(s): Monday
Time: 6:00am-7:00pm
Hybrid Course: Yes, this class meets On-Campus and Online.
Hybrid Days and Time:

This class will also meet on campus on the following Fridays and Saturdays: January 13-14; February 17-18; March 17-18; April 21-22. Friday classes will meet 9:30am-1:00pm, and Saturday classes will meet 2:00-5:30pm.

Course Location: Online
Course Description:

Online Course Fee: $150 (in addition to course tuition and fees)

This course will help students learn how to make evidence-based decisions in a public sector context. The course will introduce important data analysis skills and help students evaluate the quality of studies undertaken to measure the impact of public policies and programs.

The class will meet on campus on the following Fridays and Saturdays: January 13-14; February 17-18; March 17-18; April 21-22. Friday classes will meet 9:30am-1:00pm, and Saturday classes will meet 2:00-5:30pm. The class will meet online weekly on Mondays 6-7pm.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu