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Education Policy Research Centers' Network

In Fall 2005, the Institute for Educational Leadership, in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Laboratory for Student Success (LSS), invited leaders from state-based, university-affiliated policy-research centers to meet and become part of a network and active learning community. Those who attended the October exploratory meeting -- as well as many of those who did not -- expressed strong interest in building an active resource network among their research centers. Such a network seeks to increase the opportunities to connect leaders in the field, and to share and disseminate current research findings and effective practices on improving schools and student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public. The network also aims to foster opportunities to strengthen ongoing and future programs of research.

The following list contains the state-based, university-affiliated policy-research centers contacted by this project:


Education Policy Center | The University of Alabama

Description coming as soon as it's added to Center's website.


Education Policy Studies Laboratory | Arizona State University

The Education Policy Studies Laboratory conducts and coordinates original research in areas such as student performance standards, assessment, commercialism in schools, curriculum, and language policy issues. EPSL disseminates its analyses and reports to policy makers, educators, media, and the public. The Lab provides high-quality research through its four units.


Institute for Education Reform | California State University (CSU)

The California State University (CSU) Institute for Education Reform focuses on elementary and secondary school issues. Located on the CSU, Sacramento campus, the Institute works with all 23 campuses of the CSU system and is supported by the Chancellor's Office. Its goals are to link the university and state policy makers with important developments and concerns within the K-12 education community and to provide assistance to K-12 schools which are undertaking or contemplating major reform activities.

Policy Analysis for California Education | UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, and Stanford University

PACE is an independent research center that carefully defines issues and assesses the effectiveness of policies and programs from preschool to K-12 to higher education. It provides analysis and assistance to California policymakers, educators, and the public, as well as issues of national significance. Activities include: conducting original research on such issues as charter schools, English language learners, etc.; working with state agencies/foundations to evaluate education and children's programs; convening seminars of scholars, policymakers and practitioners; testifying before legislative committees and meeting with state/local education organizations; and publishing a quarterly electronic newsletter, Keeping PACE.


Education and the Public Interest Center | School of Education, University of Colorado-Boulder

EPIC draws upon the knowledge and expertise of the CU Boulder School of Education's nationally and internationally recognized faculty to address the information needs of individuals and groups interested in education policy formation, evaluation, and implementation. EPIC conduct research on education policy issues of local, state, and national significance; provides individual educators, educational institutions and organizations, government representatives and units, the media, and the general public with timely and convenient access to current education policy research and analysis; and provides opportunities for the School's graduate students to develop their craft while addressing key issues facing their community.

The Center for Colorado Policy Studies | University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

The Center for Colorado Policy Studies applies economic principles and research results to critical policy issues at the state and local level, conducts applied research and provides advice and information to state and local governments and nonprofit organizations. In the Program on Growth Issues, the Program on Education Policy and the Program on Tax Policy the Center is committed to nonpartisan, fact-based examination of the issues facing the Pikes Peak Region and the state of Colorado.


Delaware Education Research and Development Center | University of Delaware

The University of Delaware Education Research and Development Center has been established to provide the state with a development and inquiry capacity in support of efforts to reform educational policy and practice. The R&D Center receives its funding primarily from grant awards and special projects. Current partnerships include the Delaware Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, as well as several private and philanthropic organizations.


The Center for Educational Research and Policy Studies | Florida State University

The Center for Educational Research & Policy Studies (CERPS) is located in the College of Education at Florida State University. CERPS was created in 2001 with the merger of the Center for Policy Studies and the Center for Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. CERPS offers a venue of support and encouragement for research, evaluation and policy analysis on issues that are of critical importance to education -- in Florida, throughout the nation and beyond our borders.


Center for Policy Studies and Education Research | Idaho State University

The Center for Policy Studies and Education Research (CPSER) is one of the five centers within the Intermountain Center for Education Effectiveness. It is concerned with the study and evaluation of policy issues that impact or will impact education in the Intermountain West. The Policy Board is a regional entity composed of four states: Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.


The Center for the Study of Education Policy | College of Education, Illinois State University

Established in 1995, the Center for the Study of Education Policy provides research and expertise to policymakers and practitioners geared towards implementing systemic and sustainable education reform strategies. Center activities focus on elementary, secondary, and postsecondary issues. The Center is located in the College of Education at Illinois State University. Policy researchers in the College, the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations, and other affiliated departments conduct policy research, program evaluation and assessment, workshops and seminars.

The Illinois Education Research Council | Southern Illinois University

The Illinois Education Research Council was established in 2000 at Southern Illinois University to provide Illinois with education research to support P-16 education policy making and program development. The IERC undertakes independent research and policy analysis, often in collaboration with other researchers, that informs and strengthens Illinoisí commitment to providing a seamless system of educational opportunities for its citizens. Through publications, presentations, participation on committees and an annual research symposium, the IERC brings objective and reliable evidence to the work of state policymakers and practitioners.

Consortium on Chicago School Research | University of Chicago

The Consortium on Chicago School Research aims to conduct research of high technical quality that can inform and assess policy and practice in the Chicago Public Schools. By broadly engaging local leadership in its work and presenting its findings to diverse audiences, the Consortium seeks to expand communication among researchers, policy makers, and practitioners. The Consortium encourages the use of research in policy action, but does not argue for particular policies or programs. Rather, it believes that good policy is most likely to result from a genuine competition of ideas informed by the best evidence that can be obtained.


The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy | University of Indiana

The Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP) promotes and supports rigorous program evaluation and education policy research primarily, but not exclusively, for educational, human services, and nonprofit organizations. CEEP takes a dynamic approach to evaluation and education policy research, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including experimental designs.CEEP represents a history of nearly 40 years of leading-edge evaluation and research experience.


The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service | School of Education, University of Kansas

The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of the School of Education has a two-fold mission. The first part of this mission is to provide faculty with infrastructure support for its research. The support includes assistance with identifying funding sources, proposal development, and grant administration. The second part of the Institute's mission is to help schools and other educational agencies respond to initiatives that are educationally beneficial to the State of Kansas and contribute to the teaching, research, and service missions of the School.


The Policy Analysis Center for Kentucky Education | University of Kentucky

The Policy Analysis Center for Kentucky Education is a non-partisan, independent educational policy research center sponsored by the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. The members of the Department also serve in the Center and, along with policy researchers in other units of the University and regional state universities, conduct policy research studies on a variety of policy issues and problems in education. The overriding concern of the Center is to provide timely information about and analyses of the educational policy concerns of legislative and other policymakers in Kentucky


Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation | University of Southern Maine

The Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation (CEPARE) provides assistance to school districts, agencies, organizations, and university faculty by conducting research, evaluation, and policy studies. In addition, CEPARE co-directs the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI), an institute jointly funded by the Maine State Legislature and the University of Maine System. This institute was established to conduct studies on Maine education policy and the Maine public education system for the Maine Legislature.


Center for Education Policy and Leadership | University of Maryland

The Center for Education Policy and Leadership (CEPAL) aims to foster connections between the research and practice of urban education policy and leadership in public elementary schools, secondary schools, and institutions of higher education in the United States. CEPALís research projects engage a range of partners across the country from schools and community-based youth organizations to local and state governments and federal agencies. A major strand of CEPALís work involves the dissemination of timely research findings in a variety of formats to school and school district leaders, and policymakers in Maryland and Washington DC, and to audiences nationwide.


Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Education Policy | School of Education, Boston College

The Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP) is an educational research organization located at Boston College in the School of Education. Since its inception in 1980, CSTEEP has conducted research on testing, evaluation, and public policy; studies to improve school assessment practices; and international comparative research. CSTEEP conducts its work on both small and large scales, working with individual schools, districts, states, as well as countries to advance educational testing practices and policy, and to improve the quality and fairness of education.


The Education Policy Center | Michigan State University

The mission of the Education Policy Center (EPC) is to improve the quality of education in Michigan and the nation by providing key audiences in the education policy system with access to timely, credible, and non-partisan policy research and analysis. The EPC actively recruits the participation of faculty with related interests and expertise from other colleges within the university as well as other experts from across the country and around the world. The Center's outreach activities aim at improving the quality of education for students at all levels of the state and nation's education systems, from early childhood through post-secondary education.


The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement | University of Minnesota

CAREI facilitates the connections between organizations and groups serving the needs of children and families: schools, community agencies and groups, state and federal agencies and the College of Education and Human Development. CAREI brings the resources of the College of Education and Human Development and the University of Minnesota to bear on educational issues in Minnesota and across the nation through fostering collaboration, conducting applied research and evaluation, disseminating current research findings, and providing technical assistance on program design and evaluation to school districts, the State, federal agencies and other organizations.


Center for Education Policy Study | College of Education, University of Nevada

The Center For Education Policy Study is a vehicle by which faculty and graduate students from the College of Education can engage in an agenda of in-depth education policy study, research, and program evaluation for the purpose of contributing to K-12 school improvement. It is designated as a service and scholarly research center. The Center's mission is to provide leadership to the education community in the form of policy analysis, research, and program evaluation services in the area of school improvement. It serves as a conduit for raising public awareness of issues that potentially impact education policy trends.

New Jersey

Center for Education Policy Analysis | Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University

The Center for Educational Policy Analysis (CEPA) conducts research that helps educational policy improve educational practice. To do so, it carries out research into policy formation (studies that examine how policy is made); policy implementation (studies that examine how policy is put into practice); and policy effects (studies that examine the consequences of policies).

New York

Center for Urban Education Policy | The City University of New York

The Center for Urban Education Policy was organized to provide a mechanism for systematic study and analysis of policy issues confronting urban education. The Center sponsors forums, seminars and conferences on urban education policy, and serves as a resource center for the collection and annotation of reports, surveys, and studies related to this issue throughout the nation.

Institute on Education and the Economy | Teachers College, Columbia University

The Institute on Education and the Economy (IEE) established in 1986 by the Board of Trustees of Teachers College, Columbia University, is an interdisciplinary policy research center that focuses its attention on the interaction between education and the economy. IEE conducts a rigorous program of research and policy analysis and provides intellectual leadership on the implications of changes in the economy and labor markets for all levels of education and training systems. To achieve its objectives, the Institute has mobilized a broad range of research talent and disciplinary perspectives, including economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, education, and cognitive science.


Consortium for Policy Research in Education | University of Pennsylvania

Created in 1985, the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) unites researchers from five of the nation's leading research institutions -- the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison -- in an effort to improve elementary and secondary education through practical research.

South Carolina

The South Carolina Educational Policy Center | University of South Carolina

The South Carolina Educational Policy Center (SCEPC), now in its 12th year of operation, researches policy issues related to prekindergarten through high school and postsecondary education and disseminates that information to educational decision makers at all levels. The SCEPC has studied and evaluated school improvement, school administration, student assessment, school finance, class size, personnel practices, teacher leadership, teacher recruitment, teacher certification, remedial and compensatory education, and student learning.


The Center for Research in Educational Policy | The University of Memphis

The Center for Research in Educational Policy is a State of Tennessee Center of Excellence located at The University of Memphis. The Center's mission is to implement a research agenda associated with educational policies and practices in preK-12 public schools and to provide a knowledge base for use by educational practitioners and policymakers. Research outcomes are intended to not only describe the complexities of educational phenomena but also offer recommendations for action. The Center serves as a mechanism for mobilizing community and university resources to address educational problems and to meet the University's commitment to primary and secondary schools.

Peabody Center for Education Policy | Vanderbilt University

The Peabody Center for Education Policy is engaged in research and policy development focused on accountability at local, state, national and international levels. The Peabody Center for Education Policy was founded in 1994 as a research and development agency, devoted to understanding and advancing education reform in multiple contexts. PCEP has organized national forums and research conferences involving policy-makers, researchers, and practitioners. Its research findings have been used to redesign state school funding systems, to improve urban school governance, and to implement institutional change in higher education systems.


Utah Education Policy Center | College of Education, University of Utah

The Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) is actively involved with promoting research, developing a regional lecture series involving national and local education leaders, and facilitating the collection and dissemination of data relevant to educational policy issues. The materials produced and published by UEPC are available on their website. The research materials cover a variety of education policy-related issues in Utah including: higher education, school organization and governance, teaching and learning, and trends and analysis. The materials are published as either a policy paper or as part of the center's Conditions of Education in Utah Yearbook.


The Center for Education Policy | George Mason University

The Center for Education Policy, located in George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development, was chartered in 2003 with a mission to enrich the education policy knowledge base and promote the discussion of national, regional, and state policy alternatives. CEP works to translate educational research into policy options and recommendations for a variety of audiences (decision makers, practitioners, and the public); conduct timely, sound, evidence-based analysis; and develop and sustain interdisciplinary and cross-sector policy connections.

The Education Policy Institute | Virginia Tech University

EPI conducts research intended to inform educational policy makers; focuses research interests of the faculty and graduate students on educational policy issues; and acts as a service unit for educational policy groups such as the State Board of Education and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. EPI is sponsored and maintained by the Higher Education Program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies of Virginia Tech's College of Human Resources and Education. Its purpose is to facilitate the distribution of information and to stimulate discussion of policy issues affecting public education and higher education in Virginia.


Wisconsin Center for Education Research | University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive education research centers in the world. A part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Education, WCER provides a productive environment where some of the country's leading scholars conduct basic and applied education research. The WCER roster includes research centers and projects that are currently investigating a variety of topics in education. WCER faculty, staff and graduate students work on more than 60 research projects spanning the full scope of education, from the effects of infant child care and after-school programs to undergraduate curriculum reform.

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