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Kimberly Ratcliff



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With a 22-year career spanning education policy, data management and communications, Kimberly Ratcliff manages integrated communications and change leadership efforts for multiple education organizations that Battelle for Kids serves. She has provided communications counsel and multimedia material development to support the rollout of value-added analysis, roster verification, standards, and strategic compensation systems and solutions for school districts and state departments in Florida, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. Ratcliff’s specialties are content strategy, branding and reputation management, crisis communications, internal communications, change management and executive thought leadership.

Ratcliff joined Battelle for Kids after five years in vice president and senior account management roles with Columbus public relations and public affairs agencies. She held P&L responsibility for client relationships and business development in the public, nonprofit and corporate sectors, with particular focus on education and economic development. Her experience also includes eight years at the Ohio Department Education, focusing on data and technology projects, where she had executive management responsibilities for four years and managed multimillion-dollar software conversions and data subsidies involving school district constituents, as well as the state’s K-12 data collection system. Prior to her time with the State of Ohio, she worked as an analyst for The Ohio State University.

She earned her Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University in 1995 and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in 1991. She is president of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Alumni Society Board and teaches graduate-level policy.

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome. 


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