Our Work

Too often, important education research is not available in a format or at the critical times necessary to inform policy decisions. As a result, policies can be disconnected from evidence and fail to reflect the real-world experiences of educators, students, and families. The Learning Policy Institute is committed to changing this dynamic by translating independent research into timely and actionable ideas that acknowledge political and fiscal realities.

To inform smart policy, the Learning Policy Institute:

  • Marshals and disseminates research and evidence in a manner accessible to policymakers and thought leaders. This includes translating and transmitting relevant existing research, conducting synthetic and policy-relevant research, and commissioning research in particular areas where it is most needed.
  • Produces policy-relevant materials that make issues clear for the general public and policymakers, including policy briefs, reports, surveys, blogs, and op-eds on specific topics.
  • Hosts policy briefings, seminars, and other convenings with thought leaders and policymakers in state capitals and in Washington, DC. These highlight recent studies, take up current issues, and respond to pressing policy questions.
  • Communicates ideas and information via print, radio, television, and electronic media—highlighting the implications for evidence-based policies.
  • Engages in outreach and networking with other individuals and organizations pursuing a stronger education system to ensure that they have access to research and policy ideas that will support and encourage evidenced-based policy solutions.

The Learning Policy Institute conducts research and policy analyses in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Learning: An equitable start in life through home and community supports, as well as early learning opportunities.
  • Deeper Learning: Thoughtful curriculum, engaging instruction, and educationally useful assessments that prepare students cognitively, socially, and emotionally for successful life, work, and democratic participation.
  • Educator Quality: Well-trained, culturally skilled, and professionally committed educators who can teach diverse students for deeper understanding and lead schools in ways that produce greater learning opportunity and equity.
  • Equitable Resources and Access: Access to adequate, equitably distributed resources that are wisely allocated and effectively managed to provide a high-quality education for all students.
  • Accountability and Improvement: Productive accountability systems that support effective and equitable practices, correct problems, and enable ongoing improvement.

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