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Tom Schenk Jr.Tom Schenk is a researcher, author, and an expert in a number of fields, including open government, data visualization, business  and research and policy in education. He is currently the Director of Analytics and Performance Management at the City of Chicago, which includes overseeing Chicago’s open data portal. Tom recently published Circos Data Visualization How-To, an introductory book on using the biology data visualization libraries for use in the social sciences.

He has previously served as a consultant for Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability at the Iowa Departments of Education, where he led efforts to use student-level longitudinal data to evaluation education programs, including an evaluation of Project Lead The Way and calculating rates of return for community college graduates. He also led science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) policy in Iowa and a coauthor of Iowa’s STEM roadmap. Tom was a visiting scholar with Iowa State University’s Office of Community College Research and Policy where he studied graduate-student unionization. He was also a lecturer at Grand View University where he taught statistics and economics. He earned a Master’s degree in economics from Iowa State University and a Bachelor’s from Drake University.

This web page contains links to research, teaching, and tangential interests. The views expressed on Tom’s website do not necessarily represent the view of the City of Chicago.