Abbie Raikes, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Trained in both developmental psychology and public health, Abbie Raikes’ work focuses on early childhood development in high-risk contexts. The long-term goal of her work is to improve policies and practices for young children by producing reliable, relevant evidence on early childhood development to inform policy development. Raikes’ work integrates developmental science with epidemiological methods to measure children’s development across populations. Because early childhood development is reflective of many environmental and biological inputs, she also works across sectors, with public health and education as her two primary points of connection.
Most recently, Raikes has been leading a large-scale project in partnership with the United Nations to facilitate measurement of children’s learning at the start of school. This project, called Measuring Early Learning Quality and Outcomes has led to large-scale measurement of child development in eight countries and has benefited from partnerships with the MAP Academy. Raikes has also produced several reports and papers on approaches to population-based measurement of early childhood development to help inform governments and United Nations officials.