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The Center for Policy, Research, and Evaluation (PRE) conducts applied research and evaluation studies focused on promoting positive educational outcomes for youth, and understanding the influence of both schools and communities on those outcomes. Its goal is to use research to inform educational policies and practices at federal, state, local, and programmatic levels.


Our mission is to make research and evaluation for education that is action-oriented, liberating, accessible, and results in more equitable systems, policies, and practices.
Recognizing that research is often used as a tool of domination, we believe in the reclamation of research tools to illuminate marginalized truths, stories, and experiences.
We pursue our mission:

  • in solidarity with youth, parents, educators, and communities that have been historically marginalized by oppression;
  • collaboratively with researchers and practitioners from universities and community-based organizations;
  • using a critical lens in our work and in our own personal development;
  • with culturally responsive quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods;
  • through rigorous and thoughtful work that affirms humanity.

Our Team

Joanna Geller

Director of Policy, Research, and Evaluation

Elise Harris

Assistant Director of Evaluation

Parker Foster

Research and Policy Analyst

Erika Abarca Millán

Senior Research Associate with NYU Metro Center's Policy, Research, and Evaluation (PRE)