Independent, Impactful Research
The Research Alliance for New York City Schools was founded in 2008 as an independent research center housed at Steinhardt with the goal of providing rigorous evidence about problems facing the City’s schools – and about the effectiveness of reforms aimed at addressing these problems. The Research Alliance works in close partnership with the DOE and benefits from the guidance of key stakeholder groups, including the teacher and administrator unions, the business community, and local nonprofit organizations.
“The Research Alliance works hard to answer the questions that really matter to the City’s schools, and to provide information that helps policymakers, school and district leaders, and educators do their jobs more effectively,” says Chelsea Farley, communications director. “We aim to use data and research to build the capacity of our educational system to work better over time.”
“Data and research are essential components of every decision we make as the nation’s largest school system – decisions that impact 1.1 million students and their families, and that other districts across the country look to,” says Carmen Fariña, former DOE chancellor (2014–2018). “The work of the Research Alliance is critical in understanding and improving our schools.”
One of the Research Alliance’s longest-standing collaborations is with the Student Success Network (SSN), a group of nearly 80 youth development and education organizations united around the goal of measuring and improving New York City students’ social emotional learning (SEL) skills. Through this five-year project, the Research Alliance has built a robust set of SEL measurement tools, practices, and knowledge, which have been used by SSN’s network of nonprofits and schools to refine their program offerings.
The Research Alliance also conducts studies of system-wide conditions and trends and evaluates the impact and implementation of major initiatives, producing important evidence to inform city and district leaders. One example is the ongoing study of NYC’s Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative, which seeks to ensure that all New York City public school students – particularly female, Black, and Latinx students – learn computer science. This 10-year, $81 million public-private partnership is part of a nationwide push to prepare all students for success in an increasingly tech-driven world.
Explore Steinhardt’s Education Research
To see more impact from Steinhardt’s data-rich partnership with the NYC DOE and other organizations, check out these education research resources.