Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Nicole Claudio is a Research Associate at the Institute for Learning Innovation. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Nicole studied anthropology at Loyola University Chicago where she discovered a passion for research that strengthens community relationships. This led Nicole to earn her Master’s degree in museum studies and specialization in museum evaluation at the University of Washington, Seattle, and pursue a career in culturally responsive evaluation. Nicole has led institutional dialogue that clarifies programmatic learning outcomes, designed study plans that captured qualitative and quantitative information, and analyzed data for useful, actionable conclusions. Currently, she is supporting ILI by interpreting the findings of a landscape study about inclusive museum programs available to people with autism spectrum disorders and working with librarians to explore youth engagement with STEM activities in rural communities.
Nicole’s favorite free-choice learning activities are learning to play her favorite songs on guitar or piano and exploring various artistic techniques using paint, pastels, and crochet.