Meet Mariam Diallo, QIP Senior Education Data Analyst
With a background in education, data, and research, Mariam Diallo is a natural fit for her role as QIP’s senior education data analyst.
“I was drawn to this role by being able to work more with data management,” Mariam said, “working with larger sets of data, and combing through it, and understanding the process of creating quality data and making it accessible for people in the field of research.”
Her responsibilities include leading data quality reviews of pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade data submitted by state education agencies to the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) EDFacts collection; supporting ED program offices with their data quality outreach to states; providing data analysis assistance to ED offices using EDFacts data; and aiding in the production of public data products that allow stakeholders, such as researchers, access to the data.
Mariam said QIP’s work is important because it helps ensure ED has quality data necessary to monitor and fund federal programs and makes data accessible to the public. The team also supports ED with day-to-day functions, such as keeping systems up-to-date and running, she said.
Mariam started working for QIP in 2020 just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her role was to work on-site with the clients, but given QIP’s history as a virtual company, the transition to remote work was not difficult for her.
“When I joined,” she said, “I didn't get to engage in person with other fellow QIPers, but they do such a great job of trying to keep that connection alive between their employees.”
She cited professional development opportunities and the quarterly staff meetings as examples. “You don’t feel like you’re missing out on being able to get to know your colleagues within the organization,” she said.
Mariam’s previous work experience includes five-plus years working directly with youth, as a tutor in Title I schools and an educator at a school for autism. She also has experience with tracking trends in quantitative data and performing qualitative education research in school settings.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in international relations from William & Mary and a master’s degree in education psychology from the University of Virginia.
In her free time, Mariam enjoys hiking and traveling, and while she hesitates to call herself a “foodie,” she loves dining at local restaurants and finding new recipes to make. “I love exploring with my palate and trying different foods,” she said.