It's essential to understand the impact of reform efforts on students, schools and educators: What efforts are working and why? What could be better? How?
To answer these questions, the foundation will make research and evaluation grants that aim to support:
- Research that provides rigorous, actionable information to inform the foundation’s city, high-quality choice and innovation investments.
- Research investigating big questions related to the foundation’s theory of change.
We have the responsibility to use evidence – both to refine our theory of change and to identify and support the most effective grantees – so that students can access the best school possible. We expect to learn from our successes and failures.
Key grantees include:
- University researchers, such as Martin West at Harvard University, Parag Pathak and Joshua Angrist at MIT, Susanna Loeb at Stanford University, Angela Duckworth at University of Pennsylvania, Ron Zimmer at Vanderbilt, Brian Jacob at University of Michigan and Mark Berends at University of Notre Dame
- Contract research firms, such as Mathematica Policy Research, American Institutes for Research and RAND
- Research consortiums, such as D.C. EdCORE and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools
December 30, 2019All students deserve an education that can lift them toward opportunity. It's my job to help that happen.
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December 6, 2019If we fail to improve our K-12 system, we limit opportunity for millions of students.