Evan Nielsen is a senior researcher at American Institutes for Research with over fifteen years of experience in data collection operations and management. He specializes in studies of public libraries and postsecondary education, at the individual and institutional levels. He has organized and conducted multi-mode survey protocols as well as qualitative data collections, including cognitive testing of survey instruments. He has extensive experience conceptualizing and implementing the technical aspects of survey operations, especially developing and maintaining complex Web-based data collection systems. He has merged administrative and survey data to inform data collection operations as well as study findings.
Currently, he serves as senior advisor for the Public Libraries Survey, conducted on behalf of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In addition to a Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary education from Wheaton College, he holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from the Project Management Institute.