Who We Are

King Beach

Dr. King D Beach, III


King has over 30 years of research and development consulting experience with USAID, UNDP, UNICEF, Toyota Foundation, and a number of small non-profit organizations. He headed the graduate program in Sociocultural and International Development Education Studies at Florida State University. King’s academic training is in developmental psychology and cultural anthropology applied to education, and he is an alumnus of Columbia University and the City University of New York Graduate Center. Prior to graduate training he served as a U.S. Peace Corps educator in Nepal. As one of Sociocultural Analytics’s three directors, King brings expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research and analysis to the firm. He also brings extensive experience developing and monitoring complex educational interventions, such as creating and implementing a faculty training program in action research for Indonesian universities, and developing an integrated academic and dharma education program for use by smaller less-resourced Buddhist monasteries in rural Nepal.

Betsy Becker

Dr. Betsy Jane Becker


Betsy is Mode L. Stone Distinguished Professor of Educational Statistics at Florida State University. She received her B.A. and M.A. in psychology from the Johns Hopkins University, where she worked on a project to identify and offer educational opportunities to children with exceptional math talent, bringing her particular interest in gender differences to the project. Her doctoral training is in educational measurement and statistical analysis from the University of Chicago. Betsy is a founding member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology, and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Educational Research Association. She serves on the technical advisory committees for Florida’s student and teacher assessments, and for the U.S. National Assessment of Educational Progress. Betsy brings knowledge of quantitative methods for measurement and statistical applications, and has consulted with universities and private firms on education and health related projects.

Ariel Aloe

Dr. Ariel M. Aloe


Ariel received his undergraduate degree in physical education from Universidad de Flores (Argentina), his M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, and both his M.S. in statistics and Ph.D. in measurement and statistics from Florida State University. His commitment to evidence based practice and policy is reflected in several ways. He has not only authored or co-authored many research syntheses and meta-analyses, but has also developed new methodological tools for such studies. His work has been partially supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Institute of Education Sciences (IES), and by private donors. Ariel currently plays a leadership role in the Campbell Collaboration, an international organization committed to improving people’s lives based on empirical evidence. He is interested in designing and conducting quantitative evaluations, social experiments, and research syntheses, and in helping stakeholders in interpreting and contextualizing empirical evidence.