• Independent Analysis Unit

    The IAU was reconstituted by the Board of Education by an action of the Board on June 21, 2016. The Director of the Independent Analysis Unit was hired on April 28, 2017. Additional analysts came on board about four months later. The Unit has consisted of as many as five analysts, in addition to the Director.

    The purpose, scope of work, and operating policies of the Independent Analysis Unit (IAU) are defined in the Charter approved on November 14, 2017.

    The purpose of the IAU is to inform and advise the Board of Education with objective and nonpartisan analyses regarding the District's current, proposed, and potential policies, budgets, priorities, plans, practices, and initiatives.

    The IAU is intended to help the Board develop long-term vision, establish priorities, and ensure that District budgets and initiatives are aligned with the Board’s priorities. Additionally, analysis of proposals prior to Board action is an important role of the IAU, to help the Board make better-informed, high-quality decisions. Both the Board and District staff may benefit from the IAU’s early engagement with District staff about forthcoming initiatives, whereby clarifications may be made prior to submission to the Board.

    The IAU provides an independent viewpoint:

    • The IAU reports directly to the Board. Candor and credibility are obtained by not having its work controlled by District staff, the Superintendent, or any individual Board member.
    • The IAU is able to look at issues from a perspective bridging multiple disciplines and crossing District organizational boundaries.
    • The IAU is able to examine deep policy issues, strategies, and long-term risks and opportunities more easily than operational staff bound to the annual decision cycle and immediate priorities.
  • Reports

  • Meet the IAU Team

     

    Glenn A. Daley, Director (Email)

    MPhil in Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate School
    MBA/MPA in Public, Private, and Nonprofit Management, Willamette University
    BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, Stanford University
    Research Areas: Public and Private Sector Accounting and Budgeting, Value Added Modeling, Principal-Agent and Organizational Economics in Education, Charter School Organization, Program Evaluation

    Andrew Thomas, Deputy Director (Email)

    PhD in Urban Education, UCLA
    BA in Urban Studies, Columbia University
    Research Areas: State, District and School Site Budgeting, Program Evaluation, Education Technology, After School Programs 

    Tracy Wilkinson Macho, Senior Policy and Program Analyst (Email)

    Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Maryland, College Park
    Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, & Education, Harvard University
    B.S. in Applied Learning & Development, University of Texas at Austin
    Research Areas: Special Education, Accommodations, Educational Assessment, Large-Scale Data Analysis,  Program Evaluation

    Megan Besecker, Policy and Program Analyst (Email)

               MPP, University of Southern California
               B.S. in Neuroscience, University of Miami
               Research Areas: STEM Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher and School Effectiveness, Program
               Evaluation

    Declan Chin, Associate Policy and Program Analyst (Email)

               B.A. in Economics + Minor in Data Science, UC Berkeley
               Research Areas: Early Childhood Education, Regression Analysis, GIS/Spatial Analysis, Program Evaluation

    Haydee Vasquez, Research Support Specialist (Email)

    AS in Business Management and Leadership, Santa Monica College