Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University 

We seek to transform education through 
the power of quality research and evidence.

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To the CEPR community,

We believe that educational equity and social justice are inextricably linked. Along with other research centers at Harvard committed to human rights, “we affirm the values of racial equity, justice, and non-violence.” Read the full statement here:

Further, thank you for your commitment to the safety and success of your students and communities during this unprecedented time. COVID-19 will have evolving implications for our work and the work of our partners, and we are adapting to the address needs and questions in this new education landscape in order to advance our collective mission.

CEPR is here to help you. From engaging as thought partners, to connecting you with resources, we want to support you if we can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

Be well,
The CEPR Team


Our Impact







The Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) is uniquely focused on seeing that research findings are put to practical use. We consult with education leaders and our broad network of partners to ensure we’re studying the most pressing issues. We offer trainings for teachers, coaches, and the next generation of data leaders. And we present our findings as briefs, toolkits, and step-by-step guides. Learn more about our impact.

Accessible Research

Accessible Research

Answering critical questions for educators and policymakers

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  • Data Strategist Spotlight

    Anthony Sims

    The task of advancing the power of data analytics to address issues of educational equity and systemic improvement is often marginalized within district leadership. The Strategic Data Project provided me with a breadth of technical and adaptive skills to meet this critical need and support my role as a change agent in my district.”

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  • Advisory Board Spotlight


    Christopher Ruszkowski

    By supporting a community of school and systems leaders, CEPR is helping end the days of anecdote-based decision-making in public education. Over the last decade, the work of CEPR’s Strategic Data Project has sparked conversations and decisions that were long overdue and created a generation of leaders better equipped to guide policy and practice.”

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  • Doctoral Student Spotlight


    Olivia Chi

    Through the PIER Fellowship, CEPR has connected me with partners in its network who have similar research interests. It has supported the resulting partnerships by providing resources to conduct the research, as well as opportunities for feedback from affiliated faculty.”

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Training & Support

Supporting schools and systems dedicated to using evidence for progress

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Harvard’s Partnering in Education Research Program Awarded Funding to Continue Training Future Education Scholars

August 5, 2020

Cambridge, MA (August 5, 2020) The Partnering in Education Research (PIER) Fellowship, an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University, has received $4.5 million in funding from the federal Institute of Education Sciences to transform the way the next generation of education researchers are trained.

Launched in 2015 in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), the PIER Fellowship gives Harvard graduate students opportunities to work with...

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Improvement Networks

Equipping education agencies with the skills to uncover and use evidence

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