Jenifer J. Harr-Robins, PhD, is a principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research and the Deputy Director of CIFR. She has 20 years of special education research and evaluation experience with expertise in special education finance. As a co-director of the first CIFR (2014 – 2020), she focused primarily on knowledge development and external evaluation activities, and the quality assurance process of CIFR products.

Dr. Harr-Robins was also the associate director of the Center for Special Education Finance (CSEF) and its national Special Education Expenditure Project (SEEP). Over the years, she has conducted evaluations of state special education funding systems for California, the District of Columbia, Georgia, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. She is the co-author of two book chapters on special education finance.

Dr. Harr-Robins’ work spans beyond finance. Other special education research includes an Institute of Education Sciences study of school accountability systems, evaluations of special education programs, and examinations of special education service delivery.