Tran Keys is a Senior Research Manager with the Assessment for Learning team and the Region 15 Comprehensive Center at WestEd. Keys has more than 15 years of experience working with school districts and other educational organizations to improve child outcomes. She has expertise in research analysis and synthesis, program evaluation, impact assessment, process facilitation, coaching, stakeholder engagement, professional learning, and tool/resource development. Keys provides mixed-method evaluation and research support to colleagues, partners, and clients to increase the use of evidence-based practices in educational decision-making.
Keys was formerly the Executive Director of Research and Evaluation for the Santa Ana Unified School District in southern California, where she led a team responsible for districtwide assessments, data, accountability, and using program evaluation for continuous improvement.
Keys has published in Educational Assessment, Child Development, and Contemporary Educational Psychology, and has served as a What Works Clearinghouse certified reviewer of group designs (randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs) since 2012. Keys received her PhD in Education from the University of California, Irvine.