Helios Education Foundation Names New Director of Research and Evaluation

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Posted on: April 15, 2015

Helios Education Foundation today announced the addition to Dr. Paul Perrault to its Policy, Research and Evaulation department.  Dr. Perrault will serve as Director of Research and Evaluation and will be responsible for the research and avaluation work around Helios's community investments in Arizona and Florida.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Perrault to our organization as we continue to develop the Foundation’s Policy, Research and Evaluation strategies,” said Barbara Ryan Thompson, Helios’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to his leadership as we move toward publishing more education briefs annually on key issues in our states and as we work more closely with our partners to measure and evaluate the impact of our investments.”

Dr. Perrault comes to Helios Education Foundation with nearly 10 years of research and evaluation experience. Prior to joining Helios, he was a research faculty member at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan where he served as a lead investigator on Arizona’s Move On When Ready evaluation and as principal investigator on the Ready Now Yuma initiative evaluation. He also served on staff as a faculty member of the Yuma Union High School District.

“I’m pleased to join Helios Education Foundation in this new capacity and under the leadership of Charles Hokanson, the Foundation’s Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer,” said Dr. Perrault. “This organization has made a long-term commitment to ensuring that all students in Arizona and Florida achieve a postsecondary education and I’m excited to be supporting that effort through effective research, measurement and evaluation strategies.”

Dr. Perrault received his Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Policy with a specialization in research methodology at the University of Michigan along with two Masters Degrees, one in Educational Administration and another in Education with Secondary Certification. He also earned a JD at the University of Detroit Mercy and a BA in Journalism at Michigan State University.

Dr. Perrault’s research interests focus on educational reforms to reduce the achievement gap as well as studies in research and evaluation methodology. His most recent work Alignment: It’s Role in Standards-Based Reform and Prospects for the Common Core was published in Theory into Practice, summer 2014.

About Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating opportunities for individuals to succeed in postsecondary education by advancing the academic preparedness of all students and fostering a high-expectation, college-going culture in Arizona and Florida. Through a decade of strategic partnership and investment, Helios has identified Early Grade Success, College and Career Readiness and Postsecondary Completion as the three most critical reform priorities in achieving our long term goal.

As an engaged foundation, embedded in communities across both states, the Foundation is contributing its expertise and financial resources to better prepare students for college and career and to compete successfully in a globally-competitive economy. Since 2006, Helios has invested over $155 million in education-related programs and initiatives in Arizona and Florida. For more information about the Foundation, visit

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