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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Faculty Director, Tom Kane, invited to join Yidan Prize Foundation’s international Council of Luminaries

The Council gathers 16 renowned educational researchers and innovators to foster collaboration and drive education progress globally.
 

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Our Impact

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Education
Agencies

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Instructional
Leaders

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Data
Strategists

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

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    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

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    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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News

The Needs of Students and Educators Should Guide Our Use of New Classroom Technologies

September 4, 2020
Since the start of the pandemic it’s become common to suggest that education will have to adapt to a “new normal,” with increased use of online platforms. But private tech firms risk having an oversized say in what the “new normal” is — ignoring the needs expressed by teachers and learners themselves.... Read more about The Needs of Students and Educators Should Guide Our Use of New Classroom Technologies

Harvard’s Strategic Data Project Announces Inaugural Fellowship Addressing Postsecondary Career and Technical Education

December 7, 2020

Cambridge, MA (December 7, 2020)—The Strategic Data Project for Postsecondary Career and Technical Education (SDP-CTE), an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University, launches its first cohort of SDP-ECMCF fellows today. Over the next year, these talented data analysts will address pressing challenges related to student success for their organizations and add to the body of rigorous research on CTE in the higher education sector.... Read more about Harvard’s Strategic Data Project Announces Inaugural Fellowship Addressing Postsecondary Career and Technical Education

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Improvement Networks

Equipping education agencies with the skills to uncover and use evidence

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