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Dr. Justin Baer Joins Fors Marsh Group as Vice President of Public Policy Evaluation

Fors Marsh Group (FMG) named Dr. Justin Baer as its new Vice President of Public Policy Evaluation (PPE). Dr. Baer joins FMG from Abt Associates, where he served as Principal Associate and Practice Lead. In this role, he oversaw a portfolio of more than 40 research and evaluation projects focused on children, youth, and adult learning. These projects included large-scale evaluations of social programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), states, and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Baer also managed efforts to build the capacity of policymakers and education practitioners to apply and use evidence through clearinghouses and targeted technical assistance.

“Justin’s extensive experience in conducting complex policy evaluation and overseeing rigorous research projects makes him a valuable asset to the FMG team,” said Dr. Brian Griepentrog, Senior Vice President of Research. “We look forward to Justin applying his expertise and leadership to enable our PPE team to create better communities and increase civic prosperity across the United States. We are thrilled he has joined FMG, where his expertise and leadership will support the company’s growth.”

As the Vice President of Public Policy Evaluation (PPE), Dr. Baer will be responsible for continuing the PPE division’s mission of infusing science into the evaluation of public programs and policies to better serve the community.

Before his time at Abt Associates, Dr. Baer served as Director of the federal Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia, where he managed a team of 30 staff members who conducted and disseminated research on interventions aimed at improving student academic outcomes. He also led analysis and reporting for a national study of adult literacy that included measures of the skills of America’s low-literacy adults.  

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