Jorge Mahecha

Research Associate

Jorge Mahecha provides methodological support in quantitative and qualitative research. His research interests are in program evaluation, causal inference, and psychometrics. Currently, he supports data analysis for an IES-funded project on the academic trajectories and outcomes of community college students in the City Colleges of Chicago, linking outcomes with Chicago Public School data. He also provides support in survey research for the Postsecondary Teaching with Technology Collaborative with SRI Education and a Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) project on the Co-requisite Design Collaborative with MDRC.

Previously, Mahecha was a senior research assistant at CCRC, where he supported data collection and analysis for a project focused on English learners at community colleges. Recently, Mahecha taught a course on psychometrics for doctoral students at the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development at Boston University and worked as a consultant for the International Rescue Committee in designing measurement instruments and evaluation systems for educators in contexts of crisis in Nigeria and Afghanistan. He is one of the cofounders and board members of Teach for Colombia, a member of the Teach for All network.

Currently, Mahecha is a doctoral candidate in the Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment program at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. He earned master’s degrees in education at Boston University and Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia.