Patrícia Costa has been working at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Ispra since June 2011. She contributes to research and policy support in the areas of Educational Assessment and Comparative Education Statistics. She is a data analyst and psychometrician in the Human Capital and Employed Unit and she is currently working on Quality of Teaching and Learning, Civic and Citizenship Education and on the validity of the SELFIE tool. At the JRC she has authored and co-authored several Policy Scientific Reports that focus on secondary data analysis of international large-scale surveys that inform evidence-based policies. She has been mainly involved in support to DG Education and Culture (EAC) by providing technical expertise in statistical analyzes of student and adult skills. In addition, she regularly organizes workshops and serves as a scientific committee member.
Patrícia holds a Ph. D in the area of Psychometrics/Statistics and received a master and bachelor degrees in Mathematics.
Before joining the JRC, Patrícia was a researcher at the Laboratory of Applied and Computational Statistics in Portugal. There she worked on a School Effectiveness project in the area of Mathematics and in this context she developed new Item Response Theory methods. She also worked as a Mathematics and Statistics university professor.