Ross Gilliland performs evaluation and analytics at 3SI. He has nearly 10 years of professional experience in the non-profit and agency sectors, with experience in both the program evaluation and data analytics fields. A major focus of this work has been on the interpretation and persuasive communication of analysis to both technical and lay audiences. His experiences included managing reporting systems, instituting program success matrices, and expanding existing evaluation standards to include qualitative and national contexts.

Before joining 3SI, Ross most recently served as the Director of Evaluation for Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), a not-for-profit dedicated to partnering with high schools to change low-income and otherwise disadvantaged students’ life trajectories by identifying, enrolling and supporting these students in challenging college-preparatory courses. EOS aims to boost these students’ academic motivation, achievement, and likelihood of going to and graduating from college. While at EOS, Ross managed and directed the various aspects of their program and consulted directly with school and district leadership in more than 30 schools in six states. His responsibilities included developing numerous evaluative projects and data management and reporting systems from the ground up, from project and survey design, data collection and database architecture through reporting and delivery. He regularly informed program operations through research that often blended advanced modeling with qualitative methods.

Ross is also passionate about working with a diversity of partners and cross-sector projects. Such diversity is highly energizing to him and mirrors his own interests. He has worked in research and evaluation roles in several fields, with the bulk of that time spent leveraging relevant analysis to increase access to quality education. Previous positions have included serving as a White House Policy Intern on the White House Council on Environmental Quality, as an independent contractor for the Washington State Employment Security Division, and as a Research Fellow at the University of Washington.

Ross holds a BA in Physics and Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin and an MPA from the University of Washington. In 2015 he was named a Strategic Data Fellow through Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research.