Yilin Pan is a researcher at Teachers College, Columbia University, specialized in cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis, decision-making in resource allocation and Bayesian statistics. She was a consultant at the World Bank's education sector in 2016-2017. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Pan’s research aims to facilitate the utilization of research evidence to better guide policymakers and practitioners' decision-making about resource allocation. She has been working on applying Bayesian statistics to improve the methodologies that generate research evidence. Her attempts focus on localizing evidence of program effectiveness and cost obtained from evaluation settings to reflect the student and teacher characteristics of a specific decision-making setting, the subjective judgments of the local decision makers and the values of the local stakeholders. Yilin Pan earned a B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics and a M.A. in Higher Education at Tsinghua University, P. R. China.