A Common Definition, a Common Understanding

May 18, 2021

Losing a family’s housing or being kicked out of one’s home is a traumatic experience, and often follows other traumas such as domestic violence, loss of income, or a medical disaster. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, too many families are having to choose between paying the rent or mortgage and paying for hospital…

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The State of Higher Education Finance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 6, 2021

This past year COVID-19 has completely changed the way education looks. Funding and programming shifted, and states, students, and professors made major adjustments as a response. Some states were forced to make budget cuts, which impacted programs and policies students rely on. Others were able to maintain funding because of federal stimulus funds. What changes…

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RFA’s Statement on the Death of Daunte Wright

April 15, 2021

Research for Action condemns the death of Daunte Wright at the hands of Minneapolis police. This is yet another moment of injustice for communities of color and especially Black communities. We acknowledge the pain that these continued police-involved shootings cause and will continue to speak out against them. RFA is dedicated to being an antiracist…

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ACER Virtual Town Hall

January 14, 2021

Come join Research for Action team members, local education stakeholders, and community members for coffee and conversation at the first Allegheny County Education Research (ACER) Project Town Hall. Date: February 26th Time: 8-9 am Location: Zoom Pre-Registration Required REGISTER HERE: Our first town hall will highlight RFA’s upcoming data analysis on Allegheny County’s Teacher Demographics…

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A Message from RFA’s Executive Director

November 5, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues: After 11 years as Executive Director of Research for Action (RFA), I have decided to step down in mid-December.  While this is a planned transition that has been in the works for months, it is still bittersweet to leave an organization that has been my professional home for so long. Since…

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Marinating in Data—My Experience Working on Six Lessons to Facilitate Deep Ownership of Ambitious Instructional Reforms

January 16, 2020

Six Lessons to Facilitate Deep Ownership of Ambitious Instructional Reforms For several years, Research for Action and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education have been studying Philadelphia schools’ take-up of an instructional reform that has demonstrated positive impacts on teacher knowledge and student learning in math. The Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP) is designed to…

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Dear Pittsburgh-Area Education Stakeholders!

December 13, 2019

If you don’t already know us, I’d like to introduce you to Research for Action (RFA) and tell you about an exciting new project we’ve launched called “ACER”: the Allegheny County Education Research project. RFA is a Pennsylvania-based research organization that uses research to drive improvements in educational opportunities for historically underserved children. For 25…

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Improving Equity in College Completion: RFA & CLASP Join Forces on Outcomes-Based Funding

October 18, 2017

Philadelphia-based Research for Action (RFA) and the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) have embarked on a unique partnership to work with six states to better understand their approaches to rewarding public colleges and universities for both increasing student success and reducing equity gaps through outcomes-based funding (OBF). Based on their analysis,…

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Dr. Ruth Neild to Join Research for Action

January 3, 2017

Research for Action (RFA) is pleased and proud to announce that Dr. Ruth Curran Neild will be joining the organization to serve as Director of its Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC). PERC, an initiative of RFA launched with a grant from the William Penn Foundation in 2014, is an innovative research-practice partnership serving Philadelphia’s public…

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RFA Releases Policy Brief on College Affordability

November 16, 2016

RFA’s latest PACER brief uses a wide array of state and national data to detail how and why the cost of college is so high in Pennsylvania, and offers evidence-based policy recommendations for making college more affordable to all Pennsylvanians. Read the brief here.

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RFA Releases New Policy Brief on Early Childhood Education

July 8, 2016

Policymakers are recognizing that Pennsylvania has fallen behind in providing equitable access to high quality early childhood education. Gov. Tom Wolf ran on a campaign promise of universal pre-k access and proposed an unprecedented budget increase for early childhood programs in 2016. In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney has made pre-k a cornerstone of his education…

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RFA Research Featured on CNN

June 8, 2016

RFA’s Daniel Long was interviewed by CNN as part of a feature on Early Reading Matters, an initiative for which RFA serves as the evaluator. Read the article, and more about this project.

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RFA Presentations Featured at AERA 2016

April 7, 2016

Research for Action will once again make a strong showing at the American Educational Research Association (AERA)’s Annual Meeting. Check out our sessions, described below.   SATURDAY, APRIL 9   12:25-1:55 pm Convention Center, Level One, Room 158 A What Does “Fair” Mean to Students? Dr. Katrina Morrison will present her paper examining ninth grade students’ perceptions of…

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RFA’s Kate Shaw Testifies at Phila. City Council

March 11, 2016

RFA’s executive director, Kate Shaw, delivered testimony on February 18, 2016 to the Philadelphia City Council hearing on the impact of state budget cuts on the city’s schools. RFA shared statewide data collected in collaboration with PASA and PASBO on the ways in which districts across PA have responded to decreased state investment and rising mandated…

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Research for Action Appoints David Lapp as Director of Policy Research

February 29, 2016

Research for Action is excited to announce the appointment of David Lapp as its new Director of Policy Research. For the past seven years David has served as a Staff Attorney at the Education Law Center, where he represented dozens of families on a variety of education law issues and led a range of efforts…

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RFA Community Schools Op-Ed Published in Philadelphia Public School Notebook

February 18, 2016

Mayor Kenney’s first major policy announcement centered on plans to develop 25 community schools across Philadelphia, but the transition from school to comprehensive community hub requires a significant shift in mission and practice. RFA’s Mark Duffy and Della Jenkins explore what local policy-makers can learn from the experiences of other districts that have invested in the community schools approach…

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