Hope O. Akaeze, Ph.D. is an Academic Specialist–Research for the evaluation of the Michigan's Great Start Readiness program and the Michigan's 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool programs. She provides consultation, performs statistical analyses, and assists with manuscript development for these projects. She is experienced in statistical consulting and familiar with several statistical modeling tools and software programs.
Research and professional interests include:
- Improvement and application of the theories and methods of Statistics for creative problem solving, particularly with multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, and cognitive diagnostic measurement models
- Classroom teaching
- Statistical consulting
- Data analysis, and quantitative research in general
Wu, J. H. & Akaeze, H. O., (Under Review). Who attends public pre-kindergarten? A model-based approach to understanding similarities and differences among Michigan public pre-K students. Education Finance and Policy.
Wu, J. H. & Akaeze, H. O. Consider all the evidence on pre-K programs for low-income children: Why randomized controlled trial results must not dictate public policy. Planning and Changing.
Wu, J. H., Weber, E., Van Egeren, L. & Akaeze, H. (2022). Great Start Readiness Program State Evaluation 2020-21 Annual Report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.
Wu, J. H., Akaeze, H. O. & Shereda, A. (2021). Michigan public preschools improve kindergarten readiness: Findings from the Michigan Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). GSRP state evaluation fact sheet. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.
Using the Child Opportunity Index to examine equity in access to a state-funded preschool program
Wu, J. H., Akaeze, H. O., Ressler, R. W., Miller, S. R., (Under Review). Using the Child Opportunity Index to examine equity in access to a state-funded preschool program. Paper submitted to the 2024 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.
Assessing Spatial Equity in Pre-K Interventions: A Tutorial on Geographically Weighted Regression
Akaeze, H. O. & Wu, J. H. (2023, April). Assessing Spatial Equity in Pre-K Interventions: A Tutorial on Geographically Weighted Regression. Accepted for paper presentation at the 2023 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting: Interrogating Consequential Education Research in Pursuit of Truth. Chicago, IL.
Better access to learning opportunities: Promoting equity through child opportunity index and data mapping
Wu, J. H*., Weber, E. P. & Akaeze, H. O. (2022, November). Better access to learning opportunities: Promoting equity through child opportunity index and data mapping. [Part of a multi-paper session titled: Neighborhood-informed approaches to equity in child education and health interventions]. American Evaluation Association conference: (re)shaping evaluation together, New Orleans, LA, United States. *Session chair.