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Dana Center Role

Carol serves as a research and evaluation analyst at the Dana Center, specializing in quantitative research with a focus on equity. She leads the evaluation efforts for the Center’s K–12 team, including a family of projects that facilitates a successful transition from high school to college; builds the capabilities and desire of students to engage, persist, and succeed in math and science; and introduces the educators who serve them to a powerful body of research and practice.

Carol plans, designs, and manages process and outcome evaluations, including design of logic models and data collection instruments, for K–12 and higher education projects. She works with Center staff to facilitate the use of evidence in continuous improvement efforts. Collaborating with Center staff and external organizations, Carol develops data-sharing agreements, memorandums of understanding, and other contracts to obtain institutional- and state-level data. She coordinates multistate data collection efforts, conducts data analyses, and disseminates findings to diverse audiences.

Before Joining the Dana Center

As a research analyst at the Austin Independent School District, Carol designed and conducted evaluations of programs, including Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Austin Partners in Education. She guided and assisted program staff in the evaluation process, from developing ideas for topics to interpreting results for use in program improvement. Carol also conducted research on access to postsecondary education, especially for Hispanic graduates, and strategies for eliminating the enrollment gap.

Previously, Carol was executive director and vice president of evaluation at True Brilliance, a nonprofit that helped teens experiencing disciplinary issues in high school. She designed and implemented rigorous program evaluation that involved random assignment to treatment and control groups.


M.S., Community and Regional Planning, The University of Texas at Austin

M.A., Latin American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

B.A., Secondary Education/Social Studies, University of Illinois, Champaign

Selected Publications

Pazera, C. (2016). Postsecondary employment and earnings outcomes for 2013 graduates with industry certifications (Publication 15.54 RB). Austin, TX: Austin Independent School District.

Looby, K., Pazera, C., & Stelling, L. (2015). Austin Partners in Education: Annual evaluation report, 2014–2015 (Publication 14.142). Austin, TX: Austin Independent School District.

Pazera, C. (2015) How to increase postsecondary enrollment of Hispanic graduates: Recommendations from college and career advisors (Publication 14.137). Austin, TX: Austin Independent School District.

Pazera, C. (2015). 2015 high school exit survey: Comparison of responses of career and technical education concentrators with those of their peers (Publication 14.145). Austin, TX: Austin Independent School District.

Selected Presentations

Characteristics and performance of career and technical education students. Presented at the Forum on CTE—Focusing Efforts on the Future, Austin, TX (February 2015).

How to measure program success and tell a powerful story. Presented at the Texas Career Education Conference of the Career and Technical Association of Texas, Austin, TX (February 2014).

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association