Val Lazarev is an experienced researcher in the areas of educational effectiveness and policy analysis, econometrics, and quantitative study design. He holds a PhD in economics and has held research and teaching positions at Stanford University, Yale University, and the University of Houston. Dr. Lazarev has been a lead investigator in a large number of projects funded by IES, Gates foundation, and other agencies, including a number of studies commissioned by Regional Education Labs. In recent years, his work focuses on teacher effectiveness and includes both novel research and practical applications such as the recently completed analysis of the pilot teacher evaluation system in Arizona. He is an active member of American Education Research Association (AERA), Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), and Society for Educational Effectiveness (SREE), and has extensively presented his research in the conferences of these groups.