Robin T. Jacob

Research Associate Professor, SRC - Youth Policy Lab
Research Associate Professor, School Of Education
Robin T. Jacob


Robin Tepper Jacob is an Associate Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research's Survey Research Center and the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She has a decade and a half of experience conducting rigorous evaluations of educational interventions, with a special interest in how policies and programs can affect the life trajectories of low-income youth. She has expertise in survey design and implementation, the design and implementation of randomized trials and quasi-experimental methods for program evaluation. Her work in low-income schools has focused on interventions that were designed to target a wide range of outcomes including: school readiness, early literacy skills, mathematics achievement, executive functioning, social-emotional skills and health related outcomes. Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, she worked for Abt Associate Inc. in Cambridge, MA where she served as the Deputy Project Director for the Reading First Impact Study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Jacob earned her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago.

  • Expanding Evidence-Driven Policy in Michigan: Michigan Policy Innovation Lab. (Robin T. Jacob, Susan Marie Dynarski, Brian Jacob) 2020-2020. Arnold Foundation.
  • Strategic Data Partnership. (Robin T. Jacob) 2020-2020. Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • High 5s Adaptation. (Robin T. Jacob) 2019-2020. Robin Hood Foundation.
  • Variation in Early Mathematics Instruction Across Grades and Schools. (Robin T. Jacob) 2018-2019. Heising-Simons Foundation.
  • Kindergarten Expansion - High 5s Project Year(s) 7/1/2017-6/30/2019. (Robin T. Jacob) 2017-2018. Robin Hood Foundation.
  • Michigan Partner for Success Evaluation. (Robin T. Jacob) 2017-2018. Community Health Agencies, Department of.
  • Expanding Children's Early Learning (ExCEL) Network: Summer Boost Study - Full Study. (Robin T. Jacob) 2016-2017.
  • The Alignment of Mathematics Content in the Earliest Years of Formal Schooling. (Robin T. Jacob) 2016-2018. Heising-Simons Foundation.