Jonathan Tunik


Jonathan Tunik, M.P.A. Senior Research Associate, 21st CCLC Project Director

Jonathan Tunik has over 30 years of experience in educational policy analysis and program evaluation.  He brings strong quantitative and qualitative evaluation skills to this project, having managed project teams on complex experimental and quasi-experimental studies, case studies, and field research in educational initiatives at the local, state and federal levels. Mr. Tunik has directed evaluation studies in a multitude of areas, including extended learning and enrichment programs, literacy/reading reform, bilingual education, school leadership, early childhood and family literacy and career counseling. Specific projects with extended day/after school components he has directed include the Chicago Public Schools Striving Readers Program, local evaluations of 21st CCLC in New York City school districts, the Arkansas Environmental and Spatial Technology evaluation, the Extended Day/Violence Prevention Program, and After School projects funded by The After School Corporation (TASC). He favors a participatory approach to evaluation that recognizes the client as the best source of program knowledge, and is adept at modifying evaluation designs to fit imperfect data.  He is also an excellent communicator who is sensitive to stakeholders’ concerns, and focused on bringing resources to bear on extracting practical and actionable insights from complex studies.