Edward Pauly

Director of Research


Edward Pauly has been director of research for the foundation since 1996. He leads the foundation’s work filling important knowledge gaps for policymakers and field leaders— mapping innovative solutions to major social problems, and building evidence on what works and why.

Before coming to Wallace, Pauly was the senior education researcher and coordinator of education research for the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, a nonprofit organization in New York City. Previously, he was on the faculty of Yale University’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies and was a researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he was a co-author of the Change Agent Study of educational innovations. He has been an adviser to several national education studies and a consultant to the National Research Council, and has testified before Congressional committees.

Pauly is the author of two books: The Classroom Crucible: What Really Works, What Doesn’t, and Why (1991, Basic Books) and Homegrown Lessons: Innovative Programs Linking School and Work (1995, Jossey-Bass). He also is the co-author, with Judith M. Gueron, of From Welfare to Work (published by the Russell Sage Foundation), a book on programs to help people on welfare become employed. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from Yale. From 2005 to 2007, he was chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.