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Debbie Kim

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Scientist
Debbie brings over 15 years of experience in the design and execution of research projects from the national to local levels.

Debbie uses institutional and organizational theory lenses to study the field of education policy. In particular, she studies policymaking and implementation, organizational decision-making, and access. Throughout her work, Debbie focuses on social inequities and the ways educational policies support or hinder more equitable outcomes for youth.

Prior to joining NORC, Debbie worked as a dual postdoctoral scholar with Northwestern University and Tulane University. At Northwestern University, Debbie worked for the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice studying the ways that district leaders draw on research and data in their instructional decision-making. At Tulane University, she worked on America’s first randomized control trial of a free college scholarship intervention. In addition, Debbie has worked as a research analyst for SRI International’s Center for Education Policy where she contributed to projects analyzing a broad range of policy issues such as the teacher labor market, arts education, and professional development.



Northwestern University


Northwestern University

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

San Francisco State University


University of California in San Diego

Project Contributions

Combatting Pandemic Learning Loss

Providing data-driven insights to reduce COVID’s impact on STEM learning


National Science Foundation

Engaging Youth for Positive Change Program Evaluation

Evaluating whether a civics education curriculum helps improve rural community health outcomes


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Generation Citizen Evaluation

Evaluating how the innovative curriculum affects student learning, motivation, and engagement


Institute of Education Sciences

Kauffman Scholars Evaluation

Analyzing the ripple effect of a 20-year-old college scholarship and mentorship program in Kansas City


Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Evaluation

Examining the effects of the LSAMP program on students and schools


National Science Foundation

Understanding What Matters in the School Choice Process

The first comprehensive review of all text data from Great Schools, a popular school review website


Institute of Education Sciences

Washington State K-12 Civics Education Survey

A mixed-methods data collection effort to thoroughly understand how Washington teaches civics


Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction