Paul DiPerna

Vice President of Research and Innovation

Paul DiPerna is vice president of research and innovation for EdChoice. Paul joined the organization in 2006, and he currently leads the research and thought leadership program’s activities and projects. His research interests include surveys and polling on American K–12 education and schooling. Paul directs the monthly EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker – a national polling series that regularly surveys the general public, parents, teachers, and teens. He also continues to oversee the annual Schooling in America Survey. EdChoice has produced more than 220 reports, papers, and briefs during Paul’s time leading the research program.

Paul presents survey research and discusses public opinion with a range of audiences, including public officials, policy analysts, researchers, and advocates. His professional memberships include participation in the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR), Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), International School Choice and Reform Conference (ISCRC), and the AEI Leadership Network. In 2024, Paul is a MAPOR executive council member and policy advisory board member for the Education Reformers Academy (ERA).

Previously, Paul served as the assistant director for the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. He was a research analyst for the first five issues of the Brown Center Report on American Education (2000–2004). He also managed and coordinated the activities of the National Working Commission on Choice in K–12 Education (2001–2005).

A native of Pittsburgh, Paul earned an M.A. in political science from the University of Illinois (2000) and B.A. from the University of Dayton (1996). He currently lives in Zionsville, Indiana, with his wife and two daughters.

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Favorite Quote

“Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.”
— Abraham Lincoln Letter to Quintin Campbell (1862)
“I’ve seen you guys can shoot but there’s more to the game than shooting. There’s fundamentals and defense.”
— Coach Norman Dale (Hoosiers, 1986)

Favorite Subjects

Public Affairs, American History, Political History

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Favorite Pastimes

Traveling with my wife. Playing catch with my daughters. Following Pittsburgh and Indiana sports teams.

Inspiration for Joining the Educational Choice Movement

Parents who do everything in their power to provide the best learning environment for their child. Unmet demand for different types of learning and schooling. Evidence that programs produce positive outcomes for students and families.