The Research Alliance conducts rigorous studies on topics that matter to the City’s public schools. We strive to advance equity and excellence in education by providing nonpartisan evidence about policies and practices that promote students' development and academic success.

The Research Alliance fulfills three core functions:

  • Conducting rigorous, applied research in collaboration with policymakers, educators, and other stakeholders.
  • Maintaining a unique archive of longitudinal data on NYC schools and communities, to support ongoing research; and
  • Communicating the results of our work to multiple audiences here in NYC and around the nation.

Guiding Principles

The Research Alliance is distinguished by a number of guiding principles and related organizational capacities. These include:

  • A focus on one place—New York City;
  • Genuine engagement with education stakeholders;
  • High standards of scientific rigor;
  • Our longitudinal data archive, which is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind;
  • Our commitment to diversity, reflected in a professional community representative of and working in service to NYC's public schools;
  • Clear communication of findings to a range of audiences;
  • Multiple funding sources to help ensure our independence; and
  • A firm commitment to nonpartisanship.