• The Education Policy Initiative is housed within the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, one of America's most preeminent schools of public policy located within one of the world’s premier research universities.

    The Education Policy Initiative brings together nationally recognized scholars whose research focuses on education and other policies affecting youth. We develop and disseminate policy-relevant research in partnership with local and state agencies, practitioners and policymakers.

    We engage in research across a variety of topics spanning pre-kindergarten through the labor market, including:

    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Educational Choice
    • School Accountability
    • Teacher Labor Policy
    • Financial Aid Policy
    • Postsecondary Achievement and Attainment
    • Neighborhoods, Housing and Family Income
    • Attitudes, Behaviors and Expectations

    The Ford School’s mission is to offer outstanding education for leadership in public policy analysis and public management and to excel in social science research that illuminates public policy issues and promotes better public policy.

    Established in 1914 at the University of Michigan, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy remains known for the strengths that have marked our reputation for decades: the excellence of our faculty; the firm grounding of our degree programs in social science research and quantitative analysis; the vitality of our research centers; and our strong connections with scholars, programs, and ready access to the world-class intellectual, cultural, and social resources of the University of Michigan and its impressive alumni network--the largest living alumni body in the world. We are proud to be a small, collegial community, a school where students matter.

    We are committed to tackling the critical policy challenges facing our cities and our nations. Our shared passion for public service is evident in real-world policy issues woven through our curriculum, in our research and its application to public policy, and in the careers of leadership and impact forged by our alumni.

    Urban's mission is to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

    We conduct sophisticated research to understand and solve real-world challenges in a rapidly urbanizing environment. Our work engages communities at multiple levels—city, state, and country—as we gather data and evaluate programs. Urban Institute scholars blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, teaming with policymakers, community leaders, practitioners, and the private sector to diagnose problems and find solutions.

    Founded in 1968 to understand the problems facing America’s cities and assess the programs of the War on Poverty, the Urban Institute brings decades of objective analysis and expertise to policy debates—in city halls and state houses, Congress and the White House, and emerging democracies around the world. Today, our research portfolio ranges from the social safety net to health and tax policies; the well-being of families and neighborhoods; and trends in work, earnings, and wealth building. Our scholars have a distinguished track record of turning evidence into solutions.

    As an organization, the Urban Institute does not take positions on issues. Scholars are independent and empowered to share their evidence-based views and recommendations shaped by research. Our work environment encourages intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect. Our analysis elevates debate, wherever it takes place.

    Situated in the heart of the nation’s seat of government on the campus of Australia’s foremost research university, the ANU Research School of Economics has a preeminent history. The Research School incorporates economists from four great departments at ANU. It has two Academic Organisational Units: The Economics Program (The Institute of Advanced Studies) and the School of Economics (The Faculties) which includes economists and econometricians from the old departments of Economics, Economic History, and Econometrics & Statistics.

    As one of four Schools and the foundational Research School in the ANU College of Business and Economics, the Research School of Economics offers a renowned undergraduate program in economics and highly desirable postgraduate programs including Australia's leading Masters and PhD programs. Widely published in leading journals in economics, our academics have received many awards and grants for their scholarship, as well as awards for the quality of their teaching.

    The Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer. The Foundation received its major endowment upon Spencer's death in 1968 and began formal grant making in 1971. Since that time, the Foundation has made grants totaling nearly $500 million.

    The Foundation is intended, by Spencer's direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. From the first, the Foundation has been dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement in education. The Foundation is thus committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

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