The Education Policy Alliance is a nationwide network of university-based research centers and organizations. Alliance members provide high-quality research on the nation's most important education policy and practice issues.

Find Education Policy Alliance members on the map below. Click on the state for brief descriptions of each member in that state and links to their websites. You can also search all of the members' sites and publications using this custom Google search:

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  • ARIZONA Education Policy Research Unit at Arizona State University

    The Education Policy Research Unit (EPRU) at Arizona State University is the successor of the Education Policy Project at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It is now part of the National Education Policy Center, housed at the University of Colorado at Boulder and all EPRU work is available on the NEPC website (


    Center for Education Policy and Law at USD

    The Center for Education Law and Policy (CEPAL) is a joint undertaking of the University of San Diego School of Law and School of Leadership and Education Sciences. The center's mission is to foster better linkage between educational research, policymaking, and practice by: 1) undertaking commissioned empirical and legal research on education policy issues at the local and state levels; 2) enhancing communication between education leaders and local and state-level policymakers; and 3) facilitating understanding among USD law students and education graduate students about the policymaking process through courses, internships, and research opportunities. Current projects include studies of statewide career and technical education funding, urban school district performance, and student misuse of electronic communication devices.

    Center on Educational Governance at USC

    The Center on Educational Governance (CEG) focuses on the linkages between policy, educational governance, and the improvement of urban schools and systems. Center researchers use an interdisciplinary approach to study current policy solutions to the educational issues posed by diverse urban communities - locally, nationally and globally. The main activities of the center are: (1) engaging in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research studies of policy problems; (2) building a knowledge base to provide researchers, educators, parents and policy makers with new tools and strategies for improvement; and, (3) working in partnership with educators and policy makers to use research to improve policy and practice. Current projects include U.S. and multi-national studies of school networks and strategic alliances, charter schools, leadership, data-driven decision making, and educational reform.

    Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access at UCLA

    The Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) is a network of UCLA scholars and students, professionals in schools and public agencies, advocates, community activists, and urban youth. IDEA's mission is to make high quality public schooling and successful college participation routine occurrence in low income neighborhoods of color. Research and advocacy are the tools IDEA uses to empower individuals, build relationships, and create knowledge for civic participation and social change. Linking a great public research university with committed educators and supportive community alliances, IDEA seeks to become the intellectual home of a broad based social movement that challenges the pervasive racial and social class inequalities in Los Angeles and in cities around the nation.

    Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy (IHELP) at California State University, Sacramento

    The mission of the Institute is to enhance leadership and policy for higher education in California and the nation through producing research and services for policy makers, practitioners, and educators. The Institute has an emphasis on community colleges in recognition of their importance to providing an educated and diverse citizenry and workforce.

    Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice at Stanford University

    IREPP's mission is to support high quality, multi-disciplinary empirical research that is informed by collaboration with stakeholders and practitioners and that, in turn, informs the improvement of education policy and practice.

    University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute: a University of California multi-campus research unit

    The University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute (UC LMRI) was established in 1984 in response to the California Legislature's request that the University of California's Office of the President pursue "...knowledge applicable to educational policy and practice in the area of language minority students' academic achievement and knowledge," including their access to the University of California and other institutions of higher education. The UC LMRI was first established as a research project and became a Multi-campus Research Unit (MRU) in 1992.

    To carry out its mission, the UC LMRI has undertaken a number of activities in three related areas:

    • Funding research of UC faculty and graduate students;
    • Providing research training for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students;
    • Disseminating research findings to researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

    These activities have included the funding of both small seed grants and larger thematic grants to faculty throughout the UC system. Between 1984 and 2005, UC LMRI has awarded almost $2.5 million in competitive grants to 93 UC faculty and 39 UC graduate students on 8 of the 10 UC campuses, and funded over $600,000 in non-competitive research activities.

    Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)

    PACE is an independent research center that aims to enrich education policy debates with sound analysis and hard evidence. From preschool, to K-12, to higher education, we are dedicated to carefully defining issues and assessing the effectiveness of policies and programs. PACE provides analysis and assistance to California policymakers, educators, and the public.


    Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy at Simon Fraser University

    The Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy at Simon Fraser University seeks to expand and inform the public policy knowledge base and the education leadership capacity in British Columbia by reviewing, coordinating, conducting, and disseminating scholarly research. The Centre also works to strengthen communicative networks between researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to increase the power of research to inform the work of each constituent group.


    Center for Colorado Policy Studies: Program on Education Policy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

    At the Center for Colorado Policy Studies we apply economic principles and research results to critical policy issues at the state and local level. In  the Program on Growth Issues, the Program on Education Policy and the Program on Tax Policy we are committed to nonpartisan, fact-based examination of the issues facing the Pikes Peak Region and the state of Colorado. Most of our work can be found right here on this website, making it accessible to interested citizens and policymakers. Faculty with expertise in a variety of areas, along with some of our best students, conduct applied research and provide advice and information to state and local governments and nonprofit organizations.

    Center for Education Policy Analysis at the University of Colorado, Denver

    CEPA's mission is to provide applied research and program evaluation, strategic planning, and facilitation that enhance the capacity of local and national education communities to make informed decisions and solve problems, especially to ensure the most efficacious use of public resources and improve access and outcomes for disadvantaged populations. CEPA focuses on preK-12 policy issues, (governance, finance, leadership, management, standards development, school readiness, parent involvement, school choice, competition and parent information issues) and higher education systems integration issues.

    National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder

    The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education sponsors research, produces policy briefs, and publishes expert third party reviews of think tank reports. The Center's publications are written in accessible language and are intended for a broad audience that includes academic experts, policy makers, the media, and the general public. The mission of the National Education Policy Center is to produce and disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. We are guided by the belief that the democratic governance of public education is strengthened when policies are based on sound evidence.


    Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at the University of Connecticut

    The Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) is housed within the Department of Educational Leadership in the Neag School of Education. The mission of CEPA is to inform educational leaders on issues related to the development, implementation and consequences of educational policies. CEPA provides assistance to schools, agencies, and organizations through policy research and evaluation. Through the sponsorship of conferences and forums, CEPA brings together key leaders to discuss important policy topics.


    The Alliance for Applied Research in Education and Anthropology (AAREA) at the University of South Florida

    AAREA is home to a multidisciplinary research team that conducts applied research on current evaluation and policy issues in the area of education from an anthropological perspective. The AAREA research team employs several full time researchers as well as graduate students with academic backgrounds in areas of anthropology, education, sociology, and statistics.

    Current projects include a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded study of the effects of program culture on women and minority undergraduates in STEM fields; an evaluation of a NSF funded center of teaching and learning; and the implementation of a science education program for 3rd through 5th grade teachers, funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES).

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

    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. CERPS is dedicated to creating and environment conducive to high quality intellectual inquiry and to the dissemination of research findings and products that shed new light on the major learning challenges of the 21st century.


    Education Policy and Evaluation Center at the University of Georgia

    The purpose of the Education Policy and Evaluation Center (EPEC) in the College of Education at the University of Georgia (UGA) is to support rigorous research on policy and evaluation to improve education. We provide evaluation expertise to assess educational programs, assist policy makers and educators to expand knowledge of policy options, and disseminate research on education policy issues.


    Hawaii Educational Policy Center

    The purpose of the Hawai'i Educational Policy Center (HEPC) is to provide objective, data-based information in the form of policy briefs, reports, articles, and forums bearing on public and private education policy and practices at all levels. The target audiences for HEPC publications and events are educators, policymakers, and other education stakeholders in the State of Hawai'i.


    Intermountain Center for Education Effectiveness at Idaho State University

    The mission of the ICEE is to collaborate with local school districts, education agencies, professional organizations, and policy makers throughout the Intermountain West, working within partnerships that enhance the delivery of quality education for the students we serve.


    The Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) promotes student success and institutional effectiveness through research and service to postsecondary institutions and related agencies. Home to the National Survey of Student Engagement and related projects, Center personnel and associates assist Indiana University and other postsecondary institutions and agencies in gathering and using data for decision making and institutional improvement, focusing on initiatives related to student access, assessment, learning, and persistence and the policies and practices that promote student success, educational effectiveness, and institutional development.

    The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University

    The Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP), Indiana's leading non-partisan program evaluation and education policy research center, promotes and supports rigorous program evaluation and education policy research primarily, but not exclusively, for educational, human services, and nonprofit organizations. CEEP projects address state and national education questions.


    Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation

    Since 1989, the Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation (CEPARE) has provided 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 education policy and the public education for the Maine Legislature.

    Recent research topics include: the evaluation of Maine's state-wide one-to-one laptop initiative; the development and ongoing assessment of the state education funding formula; high-performing efficient schools; school district consolidation; special education costs; and Maine's student assessment systems.

    The Center for Research and Evaluation (CRE) provides schools, communities and public agencies with qualitative and quantitative research, program evaluation, custom-designed studies and informative publications, and serves as a clearinghouse for state and national educational data. CRE co-hosts, with the University of Southern Maine, the Maine Education Policy Research Institute, a nonpartisan institute that provides objective data to the Maine Legislature and other policymakers.


    Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College

    The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship is the hub for entrepreneurial activity at Babson College. It is the Center's mission to lead the global advancement of entrepreneurship education and practice through the development of teaching, research, and outreach initiatives that inspire entrepreneurial thinking and cultivate entrepreneurial leadership in all organizations and society.

    Center for Education Policy at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst

    The Center for Education Policy in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was created to put the University's research capacity to work on key education policy issues in Massachusetts, in other New England states, and beyond.

    The Center conducts studies and evaluates programs on topics relating to K-12 education reform and K-16 alignment, access, and outcomes. The Center also convenes policy leadership conferences, bringing together legislators, executive branch staff, educators, union leaders, researchers, funders, and other education stakeholders to share research findings and test policy solutions.


    Department of Educational Leadership, Research, & Technology at Western Michigan University

    The Department of Educational Leadership, Research, & Technology's mission is to advance the theory, practice, and utilization of evaluation. The Center's principal activities are research, development, dissemination, service, instruction, and national and international leadership in evaluation.

    The Education Policy Center at Michigan State University

    The mission of the Education Policy Center (EPC) at Michigan State University (MSU) 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. Work in Michigan supports and informs policy debate and development in the state Legislature and the Michigan Department of Education. Efforts at the national level build upon the work of the U.S. National Center for the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). The Education Policy Center supports activities that foster informed discussion and understanding of education issues for broader audiences, including policy makers and analysts, business leaders, professional educators, and local school boards and their communities around the country.


    Hook Center for Educational Leadership & District Renewal Center at the University of Missouri

    The mission of the Harold S. Hook Center for Educational Leadership and District Renewal is to foster the development and sustainability of high performing school districts in Missouri and the nation. The Hook Center achieves this mission through research and evaluation that investigate district management and leadership practices, district functions and processes, and the intersection of state and federal education policy and district practice. The Hook Center also addresses its mission through hands-on services geared toward improving district management systems. Services focus on organizational learning and development of school districts through program evaluation, strategic planning, and organizational improvement programs.


    Center for Education Policy Study at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas

    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 National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers

    The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) supports early childhood education policy making by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research. The Institute offers independent research-based advice and technical assistance to four primary groups: policy makers, journalists, researchers, and educators. NIEER seeks to increase policy transparency by collecting and disseminating information on state policy, including a Yearbook that annually reports on state pre-K policies regarding access, quality standards, and resources. The Institute also conducts new research and evaluations, surveys, secondary analyses of existing data, and critical summaries of the literature to provide policy makers with timely information addressing practical problems. NIEER is a unit of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


    The Campaign for Educational Equity at Columbia University, Teachers College

    The Campaign for Educational Equity is the focal point for Teachers College's mission of promoting equity and excellence in education and overcoming the gap in educational access and achievement between advantaged groups and disadvantaged groups in this country. The Campaign reflects the total institutional commitment of the College to promoting educational equity.

The Institute for Education and Social Policy of the Steinhardt School at New York University

The Institute for Education and Social Policy of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU conducts scientific research about U.S. education and related social issues. Our research, policy studies, evaluations, seminar series, and technical assistance inform and support policy makers, educators, parents and others in their efforts to improve public schooling.

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    The Ohio Collaborative

    The Ohio Collaborative is a research and policy analysis center committed to conducting and disseminating research that can improve schools and the lives of children and families. Funded initially by The Ohio Board of Regents, the primary goals of The Ohio Collaborative are guided by the policy and research questions that face major state entities such as the Ohio Legislature and the Governor’s Office, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Ohio Board of Regents.

    Additionally, the Collaborative provides information and assistance to Ohio’s school districts, especially those that serve lower socio-economic areas. The work of the Ohio Collaborative is carried out in partnership with faculty and graduate associates throughout the state of Ohio college and university system and under the administration of the Ohio State University.


    The Center for Educational Policy Research and The Education Policy Improvement Center

    The Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) seeks to help policy makers and policy implementers alike do a better job of using educational policy as a tool to improve schooling and student learning. In conjunction with its affiliate, the Education Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), CEPR works with federal agencies, state education departments, non-governmental organizations, private foundations, and school districts to support research on a range of issues in the areas of high school-to-college articulation, adequacy funding, large-scale assessment models, and other policy initiatives designed to improve student success.


    The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)

    CPRE's work focuses on the relations between education policy and organization on the one hand, and school, classroom practice, and student learning on the other. The uncertainty of these relationships is a problem for policymakers and practitioners alike as ambitious state and federal policies do not always lead to fruitful classroom practice. CPRE has conducted extensive research on the following issues, examining ways to bridge this gap as well as develop and sustain high-quality instruction:

        • Accountability
        • Education Governance
        • Enhancing Knowledge and Capacity
        • Improving Instruction and Learning
        • School Finance and Resource Allocation
        • Teacher Quality and Teacher Compensation

Learning Policy Center at the University of Pittsburgh

The mission of the Learning Policy Center (LPC) is to foster high quality learning environments for both students and professionals in public schools. Toward that end, the LPC aims to infuse into policy decisions high quality, timely research on effective teaching and learning and on the school, district, and policy conditions that support their improvement. The LPC utilizes the rich talent pool of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, the Learning Research and Development Center, the Institute For Learning and other regional assets to connect high quality learning research with education policy decision-makers.

The New DEEL at Temple University

The mission of the New DEEL is to create an action-oriented partnership, dedicated to inquiry into the nature and practice of democratic, ethical educational leadership through sustained processes of open dialogue, right to voice, community inclusion, and responsible participation toward the common good. We strive to create an environment to facilitate democratic ethical decision-making in educational theory and practice which acts in the best interest of all students.


Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University

The mission of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform is to develop, share, and act on knowledge that improves the conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities. The Annenberg Institute works with school system central offices and community constituencies, to explore and refine the concept of "smart education systems," networks of schools, community organizations and services that promote high-quality student learning and development inside and outside of schools.


South Carolina Educational Policy Center at the University of South Carolina

The South Carolina Educational Policy Center (SCEPC) reflects educational policy research to South Carolinians, interested educators, and educational policy makers throughout the southeast and the nation. The 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 Center for Research in Educational Policy at 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.


Center for Education at Rice University

Since its founding in 1988, the Center for Education has created links between learning, research, curriculum, and school organization and policy. It has become a significant presence in school change in Texas and nationally by working closely with school practitioners, community leaders, policymakers, and children. The Center strives to improve K through 12 education by:

  • providing meaningful educational opportunities for all; creating new ways for teachers to learn, and developing research-based projects to enhance teaching and learning in pre-college environments;
  • establishing and strengthening links between business, community leaders, artists, writers, scientists, university scholars, and school professionals;
  • developing collaborations between Center projects to broaden and deepen the efforts of each; building networks of teacher leaders; providing a base for policy discussions, and serving as a catalyst for broad, systemic, lasting improvements in school reform;
  • conducting research on teaching and learning, as well as disseminating the information with the goal of serving as a national model for educational reform.

Texas Center for Education Policy at the University of Texas at Austin

A central purpose of the center is to bring researchers together whose work has direct bearing on policy issues of the day and to in turn bring them together with the larger stakeholder education communities statewide.  Internally, we have begun to accomplish this through a series of highly successful policy brown bags as noted herein.  Several of us have also been involved in the legislative session, advising policymakers on dropout prevention, student assessment, and teacher quality.

  • UTAH

Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah

The Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) is a research-based center dedicated to improving the quality of educational policies, practices, and leadership in Utah public schools and higher education by informing and influencing educational policy in Utah and the region. In doing so, the UEPC aims to increase educational equity, access, and opportunities for all children and adults in Utah, particularly for those who have been historically marginalized. Bridging, research, policies, and practice, the UEPC engages in timely and rigorous research, evaluations, and analysis; reviews existing national research and policies to inform local decisions; identifies and brings new issues to public attention; reframes issues through research; provides information on how particular policy issues have been addressed by other agencies or organizations; and assembles different stakeholders to develop solutions to address current policy issues.


Education Policy Institute at Virginia Tech

The mission of EPI is to:

  • Establish an organization devoted to educational policy research and service in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation;
  • Conduct research intended to inform educational policy makers;
  • Focus research interests of the faculty and graduate students on educational policy issues; and
  • Act as a service unit for educational policy groups such as the State Board of Education and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

The Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington-Seattle

The Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington-Seattle, focuses on research projects and activities designed to improve practice related to equity issues, intergroup relations, and the achievement of all students. The Center also engages in services and teaching related to its research mission.


Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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.

Institute for Intercultural Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The Institute for Intercultural Research (IIR) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) addresses the needs and responds to the concerns of communities of color through research, public service and information resource sharing. In partnership with faculty, staff and community members, the Institute conducts scholarly research and sponsors public forums to address a variety of intercultural issues. In addition, the Institute serves as a clearinghouse of information, distributing and publishing reports, studies and papers in a broad range of intercultural areas.