The leading-edge undertakings of the Institute for Educational Initiatives can be grouped in three categories. One of those is excellence in research: investing in knowledge and ideas.
The Institute is committed to a robust and influential interdisciplinary research agenda encompassing a broad array of methods and purposes. The research seeks to create new knowledge to advance school reform and generate new ideas and practices to improve student learning.
Driven principally by research methods drawn from the social sciences, the Institute undertakes basic research aimed at making fundamental contributions to a fuller understanding about the factors that best explain improved student learning.
The Institute also conducts systematic research that provides the basis for data-driven decision-making, quality assurance, program improvement, and accountability across programs and units of the Institute.
The work of generating new knowledge through basic and applied research spans the whole field of education. Institute research probes the efficacy of current educational practices in K-12 schools, prospects for the future of the field, and the challenges faced by children, families, and institutions related to success in learning and teaching. This interdisciplinary research is accomplished by Institute Fellows, their collaborators, and their students within these units of the Institute.