Chris Thorn


  • Data and statistics
  • Research and methodology
  • Value-added

Chris Thorn co-directs the Center for Networked Improvement at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The center houses design, development, analytics, and improvement research – all the hub services needed by Networked Improvement Communities. Prior to joining Carnegie in 2012, Thorn spent 15 years as a director and researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for Education Research. His work focused on identifying and addressing organizational and technical gaps in information systems in education, the selection and use of multiple measures of educational effectiveness, and the design and implementation of decision support systems at the state-, district-, and school-levels. Thorn received a bachelor’s degree in economics and German language from Indiana University and a master’s in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Thorn earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Bielefeld in Germany.