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The Research Alliance team has a strong track record of designing and implementing studies that make a difference for education policy and practice. We engage a wide array of partners in our work, including the NYC Department of Education, youth-serving nonprofits across the City, and colleagues at NYU and other universities and research institutions. We benefit from the guidance and input of a Steering Committee that represents a range of key stakeholder perspectives.

Research Alliance Staff

In addition to our experience as researchers, many members of our team have served as classroom teachers—which informs the questions we ask, the methods we use, and the way we communicate about our findings.


The Research Alliance collaborates with practitioners, policymakers, and scholars to advance a more comprehensive body of rigorous, relevant research.

Steering Committee

The Research Alliance Steering Committee provides guidance about our goals and research agenda and feedback on our work.

Executive Director's Note

Dr. Cheri Fancsali discusses efforts to improve evidence use in NYC’s education ecosystem, by engaging a wider range of stakeholders; translating research findings into concrete tools for policy and practice; and cultivating a diverse network of research affiliates, to generate evidence on a broader range of topics that matter to NYC students, schools, and communities.