Margaret Raymond is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Dr. Raymond serves as Director of the Center of Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), which analysis education reform efforts around the country. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester. In partnership with the Walton Family Foundation and Pearson Learning Systems, Raymond is leading a national study of the effectiveness of public charter schools. The public-academic-private partnership helps public charter schools adopt information technologies as a means to both support their operations and generate information required by the study design. Before joining Hoover in 2000; Raymond held faculty positions in the Departments of Political Science and Economics at the University of Rochester. From 1985 to 2000, Raymond was president of Raymond Associates, a private consulting company specializing in public policy research projects and telecommunications policy formulation. She played an integral role in developing and analyzing programs for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations. Research areas included criminal and juvenile justice, welfare, social services, education, economic development, and telecommunications.