Thomas Gold, Ph.D. is the Vice President for Research and Evaluation at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). At NFTE, Dr. Gold is heading up the organization’s efforts to identify, measure and utilize the skills, believes and attitudes that form a students’ entrepreneurial mindset. Dr. Gold comes to NFTE with a wealth of experience in education policy, research and reform. Most recently, he was the Director of Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University. The Research Alliance is an institute that conducts non-partisan research on the policies and practices that matter to the City’s schools. At the Research Alliance, Dr. Gold worked closely with leaders in foundations, local universities and the education policy community to develop funding, research projects and a strategic vision for the institute.
Prior to coming to the Research Alliance, Dr. Gold held leadership positions at the New York City Department of Education (DOE) under the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein. During his tenure at the DOE, Dr. Gold was the Director for External Research, Evaluation and Reporting for the NYCDOE where he counseled senior leadership on research policy. He also managed a team of education analysts and researchers to provide high quality reports and analytics for senior policy makers at the DOE and others regarding student achievement and other key indicators. Dr. Gold also managed large-scale evaluations of DOE programs by external research firms, including the Rand Corporation’s evaluation of the DOE’s revised student promotion policy from 2006 to 2009.
Dr. Gold has published broadly on education and politics. He is the lead author of the recent report: Usage Patterns and Perceptions of the Achievement, Reporting and Innovation System (ARIS), Research Alliance for New York City Schools, NYU (2012). He is also the author of theLega Nord and Contemporary Politics in Italy (Palgrave, 2003). He was also the author of several West European reports for the Freedom in the World publication, published by Freedom House, from 2003 to 2012.
Before entering the field of K-12 education, Dr. Gold taught political science at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut and ran the university’s study abroad program in Luxembourg. Dr. Gold received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research and Dr. Gold received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Bologna Italy in 1997.
Zachary Tausanovitch is a Research Analyst at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. He graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in 2012 with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. At NFTE, Mr. Tausanovitch designs, analyzes and develops reports for internal surveys and assessments. He is also working on measuring the skills, attitudes and beliefs that form a students’ entrepreneurial mindset. Mr. Tausanovitch also designed a system to automatically collect and report data for NFTE teachers to support data driven instruction efforts. Mr. Tausanovitch brings to NFTE his creativity and expertise in evaluation design and data analysis. He previously worked as a Policy Analyst for APPRISE. APPRISE is a non-profit consulting firm that specializes in energy efficiency program evaluation. Mr. Tausanovitch was responsible for managing data returns from hundreds of weatherization agencies and utilities to determine the efficiency of weatherization programs.
At his previous position as a Policy Analyst for APPRISE he was the primary analyst on a program evaluation of weatherization efficiency in Minnesota in which he analyzed six sub state areas to determine the most successful weatherization strategies across three housing types. He also modeled the net present value of benefits due to air pollutant and greenhouse gas reductions for the National Weatherization Assistance Program in every state.
Prior to working at APPRISE he worked as a data analysis tutor and researcher at Wesleyan University. His honors thesis analyzed the effects of the General Infantry Bill over time on minority veterans. He also recently co-authored: Jacobsen, J., Levin, L., and Tausanovitch, Z. Comparing Standard Regression Models to Ensemble Models. Eastern Economic Journal, advance online publication March 30th 2015; doi: 10.1057/eej.2015.8 which examines the viability of decision tree based ensemble modeling in economic research.