CEPR is founded on the belief that if we want to dramatically improve educational outcomes for all children, evidence must play a critical role. 

Our Mission

Over the past 10 years, the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University has developed a distinctive approach to fulfilling its mission to transform education through the power of quality research and evidence.

Our Guiding Principle

CEPR and its partners believe all students will learn and thrive when education leaders make vital decisions using facts and findings, rather than trends and untested assumptions.

Our Theory of Action

Education agencies will increase their use of quality evidence to make decisions and thereby improve student outcomes if we:

  • generate relevant and accessible research to answer critical questions for the education field,

  • develop technical and organizational capacity within education agencies to uncover and use evidence, and
  • create a community and movement of schools and systems dedicated to using evidence for progress.

Our programs and services are aligned to the three pillars of our theory of action. CEPR provides timely and accessible research that represents a broad spectrum of topics across the education system essential to supporting students, teachers, and education leaders.  CEPR develops and delivers tools, training, and talent to support schools and school systems in using evidence. For example, we offer a pipeline for data talent through the Strategic Data Project Fellowship Program and summer Institute, the Mathematical Quality of Instruction (MQI) Coaching Institute and online training course, and the Partnering in Education Research (PIER) Doctoral Fellowship Program. Finally, CEPR convenes networks and working groups of researchers and practitioners committed to uncovering and sharing the best of what works in education, such as Proving Ground and the Strategic Data Project.