The Partnering in Education Research (PIER) Fellowship, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, is designed to train Harvard University doctoral students on how to conduct quantitative education research in partnership with school districts and state education agencies.
PIER Fellows will learn how to:
- identify questions that are compelling to state and local policymakers as well as to their fellow academics;
- work with leaders not trained in research methods, but who have a deep appreciation of the implementation challenges created by “academic” research designs;
- assemble and analyze administrative data—the vast bulk of which was not collected with research in mind; and
- present to multiple audiences, including the district and state leaders who might act on the results and who control the data for future projects.