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Paul DiPerna

Paul DiPerna

Vice President of Research and Innovation

Paul DiPerna is vice president of research and innovation for EdChoice. He joined the organization in 2006. Paul’s research interests include surveys and polling on K–12 education and school choice reforms. He has developed and reported more than 35 state and national surveys. Paul oversees the research projects either produced or commissioned by the organization. EdChoice has published more than 90 reports, papers and briefs during his tenure leading the research program.

Paul has traveled to 31 states for his work. He presents survey research findings and discusses school choice politics and policymaking with audiences including public officials, policy professionals, academics and advocates.

Previously, Paul served as the assistant director for the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. His six years at Brookings included projects evaluating the federal Blue Ribbon Schools Program and analyzing student achievement in charter schools. Paul 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).

Paul’s professional memberships and activities 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) and Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM).

Paul currently lives in Zionsville with his wife and two daughters.

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Favorite  Subjects

Public Affairs, American History


Favorite Quotes

“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)


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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

Evidence that programs produce positive outcomes for students and families. Unaddressed demand for different types of schooling.

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