Fiona Hollands
Senior Researcher

Fiona Hollands is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis. Her goals are to understand and improve how decisions are made in education by providing information and tools to decision-makers that will allow them to optimize the use of limited resources. She applies economic evaluation methods such as cost analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and cost-utility analysis to educational programs. She develops software and other tools to assist education decision-makers in gathering and using evidence to inform their decisions, and to facilitate the application of economic evaluation by other researchers. Dr. Hollands has a particular interest in educational technology and studying how it can be used to improve equitable and efficient access to education.


Educational Background

B.A. Honours, Pure & Applied Biology; Oxford University, United Kingdom

M.A., Sociology & Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Ph.D., Politics & Education, Teachers College, Columbia University


Scholarly Interests

Decision-making in education, educational technology, economic evaluation of educational programs,


Selected Publications

Hollands, F.M., Pratt-Williams, J., & Shand, R. (2020). Cost analysis standards & guidelines 1.0. Cost Analysis in Practice (CAP) Project.

Hollands, F.M., Pan, Y., Levin, H.M., Corter, J., Escueta, M., Menon, A., Kushner, A., Muroga, A., Kazi, A., & Kushner, A. (2019). DecisionMaker®. Teachers College, Columbia University.

Hollands, F., & Kazi, A. (2019). MOOC-based alternative credentials: What’s the value for the learner? EDUCAUSE Review.  

Hollands, F., & Escueta, M. (2019). How research informs educational technology decision-making in higher education: the role of external research versus internal research. Educational Technology Research and Development, 68(1), 163-180.

Hollands, F., Pan, Y. & Escueta, M. (2019). What is the potential for applying cost-utility analysis to facilitate evidence-based decision-making in schools? Educational Researcher, 48(5), 287-295.

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