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Paul Hood

Paul D. Hood is WestEd’s Director of Institutional Planning.

He performs environmental scanning and analyses of educational, demographic, social, economic, political, and technological trends that affect WestEd or its clients.

He disseminates news and information to the staff and responds to requests for information or assistance.

In addition, Hood promotes strategic thinking, knowledge transfer, and organizational learning; assists staff in proposal preparation; and performs analyses and special studies.

Hood joined WestEd in 1966, when it was Far West Laboratory. He served as Chief Program Director, responsible for direction of a series of projects including:

• Two television series on educational R&D development of multi-media information units and R&D training programs
• Development of instructional planning, evaluation, and management units
• Design and management of the Far West DD&E Training Consortium
• Design and management of an Experience-Based Career Education Model
• Design and analysis of a nationwide survey of information needs and uses in education
• Conduct of policy research and knowledge syntheses on R&D use

He directed the Educational Dissemination Studies Program, which included studies and evaluations of dissemination systems, change strategy, and technology, and analyses of federally sponsored dissemination projects. He served as Director of Planning and Evaluation for the Western Regional Educational Laboratory.

Prior to joining WestEd, Hood directed R&D programs for the U.S. Airforce, Army, Ohio State University Personnel Research Board, and George Washington University Human Resources Research Office.

Hood received a BA in psychology and philosophy from Franklin College and an MA and a PhD in social psychology from Ohio State University.