Projects

The Pennsylvania Clearinghouse for Education Research: Translating Research and Analysis for Education Policymakers

The Pennsylvania Clearinghouse for Education Research–or PACER–is designed to inform state education policy discussions through rigorous, objective research; regular policy briefs; and research-based commentaries in leading media outlets statewide.

The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC)

The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium—or PERC—was launched in August 2014 as an innovative partnership designed to provide research and analyses on some of the city’s most pressing education issues. This partnership was forged among the…

Say Yes to Education: RFA’s Five-Year Evaluation of the Cleveland Chapter

Say Yes to Education, a scholarship guarantee program, recently adopted the City of Cleveland, guaranteeing a last-dollar college scholarship and wraparound support services for K-12 students and their families. As the research partner for this…

RFA’s Evaluation of Outcomes in City Year Philadelphia Schools

RFA is partnering with City Year Philadelphia to analyze of the academic, attendance, and behavioral outcomes of students in their partner schools. City Year Philadelphia places 200+ corps members in schools to support school-wide and…

An Evaluation of the Lumina Foundation’s Focus Areas in Postsecondary Education

RFA is partnering with Frontline Solutions and Engage R+D to track how work is progressing within and across Lumina Foundation’s Focus Areas for improving postsecondary credential attainment rates.  The evaluation will document lessons learned as…

Evaluation to Measure Impact of Detroit Wolf Trap’s Early Learning through the Arts on Teacher Growth in Instructional Ability

Detroit Wolf Trap’s Early Learning Through the Arts provides arts-based teaching strategies and services to early childhood teachers. As a regional affiliate, Living Arts will provide approximately 70 eight-week arts integration residencies to Early Head…

Evaluation Planning and Technical Assistance for the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Learning’s Preschool Development Grant

This project is designed to provide technical assistance and evaluation planning to the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Learning (OCDEL) as they enhance/expand ten early childhood systems-building initiatives supported by the U.S. Department of…

Evaluation of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s Curriculum and Professional Development Model for Kindergarten Readiness

RFA will serve as the independent evaluator for Children’s Literacy Initiative’s five-year intervention, Integrating Curriculum Development and Professional Development for Kindergarten Readiness. Through this project, which is funded by the federal Education Innovation and Research…

Examining the Career Choices of College Students of Color

RFA is currently examining how African American college students decide on career paths in the field of finance, and how the postsecondary and employment sectors can better address their needs. This exploratory work for the…

Examining the Status of Non-Traditional Child Care in Pennsylvania

As the number of jobs that require non-traditional work schedules (evenings, weekends, and overnight) increases, families’ need for child care during non-traditional hours has also grown. An estimated more than 150,000 Pennsylvania families with young…

Detroit-Area Early Childhood Workforce Report

Through this project, Research for Action will assess the early child education workforce in the Detroit area. The purpose of this report is to provide local Head Start programs with actionable research to demonstrate the…

A Detroit-Area Early Childhood Education Workforce Study to Support Head Start Agencies in Recruiting and Retaining High-Quality Teachers

This mixed-methods descriptive study was conducted in partnership with the Policy Equity Group in June-October 2018 to provide a description of the state and community context affecting the early childhood education workforce pipeline in Detroit;…

Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the major source of federal funding for afterschool programs in the United States, especially through its 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The law also encourages—and in…

Research Support for the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association

RFA provided qualitative research support to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) as it engaged in data collection to inform a new strategic direction for the organization. Work included assessing state higher education…

Investing So Schools Work

Recognizing the need for new estimates on how much school funding is adequate for Pennsylvania school districts, Research for Action commissioned an independent project based on the research of national school funding experts, Picus Odden…

State and Local College Promise Programs: Examining Policy and Practice

Research for Action (RFA), in partnership with University of Pennsylvania’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD), has launched a multi-year research project that will examine how state and local college promise programs vary…

Evaluating Philadelphia’s Community Schools Initiative

RFA was selected as the external evaluator for Philadelphia's Community Schools initiative, a hallmark of Mayor Jim Kenney's education agenda. The initiative provides a comprehensive set of social services and supports for schoolchildren and communities.…

Examining Cross-Sector Collaboration in Pittsburgh: A Mixed-Delivery System for Pre-K Education

Research for Action worked with diverse stakeholders in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to explore successes and challenges related to the implementation of the city’s mixed-delivery system for early childhood education programs developed through partnership between Pittsburgh Public…

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative: Discipline in School Contexts

This 18-month, mixed-methods, exploratory study, conducted in partnership with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, will have three phases: 1) Qualitative inquiry across K-8 schools in Philadelphia; 2) Latent class analysis to identify “profiles”…

Community Schools Progress Report

Research for Action worked in partnership with the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Education to establish a Community Schools Progress Report to be utilized in the context of Philadelphia's Community Schools initiative. The Progress Report uses…

Community Perceptions, Quality Assurance, and Literacy Practices in the City of Philadelphia’s Out-of-School-Time System

This study is a high-level examination of OST programs in the city to better understand community perceptions of local OST program offerings and usage, OST literacy practices, OST staffing and OST provider definitions of quality. This…

Examining Child Care Funding and Finance in Pennsylvania

Due to a lack of reliable data it remains difficult to fully analyze how child care provider finance practices in Pennsylvania compare to industry best practices, and to determine which policy solutions could best address…

Evaluating the Reimagine Learning Initiative for New Profit, Inc.

RFA is conducting a formative evaluation of New Profit’s Reimagine Learning initiative, which was developed to support schools and communities in creating learning environments that serve the needs of all students by providing supports for…

Examining the Fiscal Impact of Charter School Expansion

As charter school enrollment in Pennsylvania rises, understanding the fiscal impact of charter school expansion is critical for school districts to accurately budget and to anticipate current and future costs. RFA, with generous funding from…

Evaluating Women in Natural Sciences for the Academy of Natural Sciences

RFA is serving as the evaluator for the Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS) Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) project. Since its inception in 1982, WINS has introduced more than 770 Philadelphia girls to careers in…

Evaluating the Philadelphia Academies’ All-Academy High School Model

Research for Action partnered with Philadelphia Academies, Inc. (PAI) to evaluate the All-Academy model in two Philadelphia public high schools. PAI has served as a high school, postsecondary, and career readiness resource for nearly 50…

Providing Technical Assistance on ELL Policy to the Pennsylvania Department of Education: A Project of the Mid-Atlantic REL

RFA is conducting an analysis of English Language Learner policy and practice in Pennsylvania. Our work will consist of a statewide policy scan and multiple district-level case studies of best practice.

Examining a Math Intervention in Philadelphia Schools: An RCT in Partnership with RAND

RFA is partnering with RAND to conduct an RCT on a math intervention in nine Philadelphia high schools. The math intervention, ALEKS, is a web-based intelligent tutoring system being used in 20 Algebra I classrooms…

Integrative Arts Programs in Philadelphia: An Examination of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program in Four Public Schools

RFA served as the evaluator of an arts integration initiative launched by Philadelphia’s nationally-renowned Mural Arts Program. This two-year, mixed-methods study identified successes, challenges and lessons learned as this initiative is implemented in four Philadelphia…

An Evaluation of Delaware’s Teacher Evaluation System

RFA served as the evaluator for Delaware’s teacher evaluation system, known as the Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS-II). RFA’s mixed-methods study consisted of examinations of the system’s implementation and related outcomes. Data was drawn from…

When the Maker Movement Meets STEAM: Evaluating Maker Jawn in Philadelphia’s Free Library

RFA served as an evaluator for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s intergenerational STEAM initiative, which provides creative library spaces for community members in underserved North Philadelphia neighborhoods.

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program: Effects on Traditional and Incarcerated Students

RFA conducted a preliminary evaluation of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange program at Temple University. For over a decade, Inside-Out had been training university faculty to teach courses within adult correctional facilities across the United States…

Artwell’s HeartBeat Program: An Evaluation of an Elementary School Music Education Initiative

RFA served as the evaluator for a program providing weekly music education to K-5 students in Philadelphia public schools.

Examining Extended Learning Opportunities in New Hampshire: A Statewide Evaluation

RFA conducted a two-year, mixed-methods study of New Hampshire’s extended learning opportunities (ELO) initiative. Funded by the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation, the study focused on assessing the implementation and effectiveness of ELO on college and…

Using Common Assignments to Strengthen Teaching and Learning

The Common Assignment Study (CAS) is a three-year effort being led by the Colorado Education Initiative and the Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The initiative…

Afterschool Arts Programming in the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation

RFA partnered with McClanahan and Associates, Inc. to conduct a five-year mixed-methods evaluation of after-school arts programming in Boys & Girls Clubs funded by the Wallace Foundation. Our work provided actionable, formative feedback to each…

Career and Technical Training in Juvenile Justice Facilities: Increasing the Capacity of a Statewide Network to Make Evidence-Based Decisions

RFA engaged in a partnership with the Pennsylvania Academic Career and Technical Training Alliance (PACTT) to support its efforts to develop a data collection system for PACTT facilities. PACTT is a voluntary network of juvenile…

Providing Technical Assistance to the New Jersey Department of Education

The Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center (MACC) is a federally-funded organization housed at WestEd that provides technical assistance to states as they work to improve and reform public schools. As a MACC partner, RFA worked with the…

Evaluating Teacher Engagement for the Hope Street Group

RFA conducted an evaluation for the Hope Street Group, centering on how the organization engages teacher fellows in Kentucky.

Amplifying Success Through Intermediaries: An Evaluation of the Role of New Profit, Inc. in Supporting National College Access and Success Organizations

RFA conducted a multi-year evaluation of New Profit’s federal Social Innovation Fund grant. Through it, New Profit served as an intermediary for six national college access and success organizations, including YouthBuild, Single Stop, Year Up,…

Evaluating Project L.I.F.T.: A Cross-Sector Effort to Close the Achievement Gap

In 2012, RFA began a five-year, mixed methods study of Project L.I.F.T. (Leadership and Investment for Transformation), a philanthropic initiative designed to close the achievement gap in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District (CMS). Focusing on the…

Examining Assessment and Placement Exam Reforms in Community Colleges

Given the barrier that developmental education can present in students' timely progress to degree completion, RFA is examining assessment and placement reform efforts across five states--California, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia--and the implementation of…

An Evaluation of Elev8: A Community Schools Model

RFA and McClanahan Associates, Inc. are conducting a multi-year, mixed-methods evaluation of Elev8, a community schools initiative funded by Atlantic Philanthropies in four sites across the country--Baltimore, Chicago, New Mexico and Oakland. As a Community…

An Evaluation of How Science Leadership Academy Graduates and Preparedness for Postsecondary STEM Majors

RFA was commissioned by The Franklin Institute and Science Leadership Academy in spring 2011 to research how the first cohort of graduates from SLA fared as they entered postsecondary institutions. This study has a special…

An Examination of Youth Courts in Chester, Pennsylvania

From 2009 through 2012, the Stoneleigh Foundation supported the creation and operation of youth courts in Chester Upland School District (CUSD) through the work of Stoneleigh Fellow Gregg Volz. In 2011, the Foundation commissioned Research…

Revisiting RFA’s Theory of Change and Indicators Framework for Communities for Public Education Reform

Ten years ago, RFA worked with CPER to develop a Theory of Change and Indicators Framework that community organizing groups could use to assess their effectiveness in organizing for school reform. Much has changed over…

An Evaluation of the American Reading Company’s ACTION 100 Initiative in Elementary Schools in Camden, NJ

RFA conducted a mixed-methods evaluation of the American Reading Company's ACTION 100 initiative in more than 20 elementary schools in Camden. The study focused on ACTION 100's impact on student achievement.

After-School Science Programming in West Virginia: An Evaluation Funded by the National Science Foundation

Since 2011, The National Science Foundation-funded project, SCI TALKS: Supporting Community Initiatives for Teaching, Learning and Knowing Science, has provided 247 at-risk West Virginia youth with innovative, engaging and meaningful after-school science taught by elementary…

Teacher Turnover in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The advent of the Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) made statewide analysis of teacher turnover possible for the first time. Using this database, RFA examined teacher retention and turnover across the state and conducted comparative…

Renaissance Schools in Philadelphia: Examining Early Implementation of a Turnaround School Model

This study, commissioned by the Accountability Review Council of the School District of Philadelphia, focused on the early months of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's Renaissance Schools Initiative, designed to turn around chronically low-performing schools. Thirteen schools…

Increasing the College Access and Retention Capacity of Community-Based Organizations

The College Access Foundation distributes scholarships to California college students via an extensive network of community-based organizations (CBOs). RFA worked with the Foundation to examine CBO capacity to serve as a community resource for information…

An Evaluation of the Philadelphia Youth Network’s Student Success Centers

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is overseeing 11 Student Success Centers, which are located in the city's comprehensive high schools and designed to assist students to get and stay on track to college. RFA conducted…

Examining the Implementation, Scale Up, and Sustainability of Teacher-Developed Formative Assessment Tools Aligned to the CCSS: A National Study

For the past several years, RFA has conducted a national, multi-site examination of the implementation and effectiveness of teacher-developed formative assessment tools aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Funded by the Bill and…

An Evaluation of the Philadelphia Youth Network’s GED-to-College Initiative

In October 2009, Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) launched a pilot GED to College (GTC) initiative. Four unique providers, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund, People for People, Inc. (PFP), and Youth…

Using Data to Inform Instruction: Examining Teachers’ Use of Data to Inform Mathematics Instruction

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania has received a grant from the Spencer Foundation to provide professional development to teachers on data use in order to study how…

Philadelphia’s Constitution High School and its Partnerships: A Formative Evaluation

The National Constitution Center has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia to create Constitution High School. The Constitution Center hired RFA to provide formative feedback to assist the school and its partners in moving…

City Year Philadelphia: An Evaluation of Implementation and Impact

RFA is conducting evaluation research for City Year Greater Philadelphia which has two major purposes: (1) summative research uses survey and student outcome data to address project benchmarks. (2) qualitative research at three in-depth research…

Boosting Adolescent and Young Adult Literacy: An Examination of Literacy Teaching and Learning in Philadelphia’s Accelerated Schools

The School District of Philadelphia operates 13 accelerated high schools to help get off-track students (e.g., over-age, under-credited youth) back on track to graduation. This project examines literacy teaching and learning at the accelerated high…

The Campaign for Better Schools: A Coalition to Influence New York City School Governance Supported by the Donor’s Education Collaborative in NYC

RFA evaluated a grant that the Donors' Education Collaborative (DEC) in New York City awarded to a set of advocacy and organizing groups. The grant supported the development of a coalition focused on influencing the…

An Evaluation of the School District of Philadelphia’s Faith Partnerships Program

The School District of Philadelphia contracted with RFA to conduct an evaluation of its Faith Partnerships program. This study explored schools' perspectives on their partnerships with religious institutions, and examined the types of supports and…

An Evaluation of the Center for Literacy’s Integrated Literacy Model at West Philadelphia High School

The William Penn Foundation funds Center for Literacy's Integrated Literacy Model (ILM) at West Philadelphia High School and commissioned RFA to conduct an implementation and impact evaluation of the model. This pilot project aims to…

An Evaluation of Congreso de Latino Unidos’ Éxito Project

Congreso de Latinos Unidos is a non-profit social service organization in Philadelphia that has a long history of working with children and youth in the Philadelphia School System as well as the juvenile justice system.…

City Year Miami: An Implementation Evaluation

RFA was contracted by City Year Miami and the Knight Foundation to conduct a two-year mixed-method evaluation study of City Year's Whole School Whole Child (WSWC) model. The program components of the WSWC model focus…

A Study of Effective Organizational Practices

The Accountability Review Council (ARC) of the School District of Philadelphia commissioned Research for Action to conduct a qualitative study designed to shed light on the practices of relatively successful Philadelphia schools serving middle and…

School Choice in a City of Neighborhoods: Philadelphia’s Approach to High School Reform

RFA's study on high school choice builds on the "Learning from Philadelphia's School Reform" study and turns RFA's attention to the improvement of Philadelphia's high schools--a focus that was not part of the previous study…

Supporting Education Organizing for Education Equity: Communities for Public Education Reform

Southeastern Pennsylvania was selected as one of four sites for funding from Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER), a national philanthropic collaborative aimed at increasing student and parent power to affect school reform. CPER-funded groups…

A Documentation of a Collaborative High School Planning Process: Philadelphia Education Fund

The Philadelphia Education Fund and the School District of Philadelphia partnered to convene a broad-based planning process to design a five-year blueprint for the redesign of Philadelphia's high schools. The effort involved a broad range…

Need in Deed Formative and Outcome Evaluation

Need in Deed (NID), a Philadelphia-based organization, prepares and supports teachers as they integrate service-learning into their classroom practice. RFA conducted a one-year outcomes evaluation to determine the ways in which NID's work with teachers…

An Evaluation of the Philadelphia Urban Systemic Initiative (USI): School District of Philadelphia

RFA conducted a five year evaluation of USI. Supported by the National Science Foundation, USI is a systemic change initiative charged by the School District of Philadelphia to reform math, science, and technology instruction that…

Going Small: Public/Private Collaboration in Restructuring High School Education in Philadelphia

RFA examined the planning and early implementation of the School District of Philadelphia small schools strategy for high school reform, focusing especially on the significant role of public/private sector collaboration in developing and carrying out…

An Evaluation of the Pennsylvania High School Coaching Initiative, a Classroom-Based Coaching Model

RFA conducted a comprehensive, mixed methods evaluation study designed to inform, support, and assess the Pennsylvania High School Coaching Initiative, a partnership of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Penn Literacy Network, and Foundations, Inc.…

Which Bets Paid Off? Estimating the Effects on Middle Grades Achievement of More than a Decade of Ambitious Reform in Philadelphia

RFA worked with researchers at Johns Hopkins University who are principal investigators in an National Science Foundation-funded project to study long-term trends in mathematics and science reform in the middle grades in Philadelphia. Johns Hopkins…

Learning to Learn from Data: Using Data to Inform Instructional Decisions and Improve Student Learning in Low-Performing Urban Schools

RFA's study on the use of interim assessment data focused on low-performing urban elementary and middle schools under significant pressure to improve student achievement using student data. The study took advantage of the local school…

An Evaluation of the School District of Philadelphia’s Pilot Parent Leadership Academies (PLA)

The Parent Leadership Academy (PLA) was an initiative of the School District and the William Penn Foundation to increase parent involvement and leadership in schools and communities. PLAs were regional centers where parents could access…

Youth Civic Engagement in Urban School Reform

RFA is analyzing the campaigns of two Philadelphia youth organizing groups, the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) and Youth United for Change (YUC), to transform their neighborhood high schools into small schools. RFA's study investigates how…

An Evaluation of the New Jersey Graduate-K12 Partnership: Rutgers University

RFA evaluated a partnership between Rutgers University and surrounding school districts. In this partnership, graduate students in mathematics and science team up with middle school teachers with the goal of increasing public awareness of cutting…

An Evaluation of the Philadelphia Say Yes to Education Program (SYTE)

Say Yes to Education (SYTE) is a tuition guarantee program that provides students and families from low-income neighborhoods with college or other postsecondary training. RFA is collaborating with the SYTE staff to conduct a multi-year…

An Evaluation of Metro Math: The Center for Mathematics in American Cities

MetroMath is a partnership among Rutgers, University of Pennsylvania, and City University of New York, funded by the National Science Foundation, with the goal of developing a new generation of leaders in mathematics education for…

An Evaluation of EducationWorks’ National School and Community Corps (NSCC)

NSCC is an Americorps National Service Program. Full-time NSCC participants implement academic and other support programs in public schools during the school day; they also carry out after-school activities for students, parents, and community members,…

A Study of Local Education Funds: Public Education Network (PEN)

RFA worked with PEN to continue their research on the role of Local Education Funds (LEFs) in shifting the education landscape in their communities. It provided public education stakeholders with a deeper understanding about how…

A Study of Curriculum Implementation in the Greater Philadelphia Secondary Mathematics Project (GPSMP)

RFA participated in a study of the impact of a mathematics curriculum reform in 10 districts in the Philadelphia area.

A Study of Cultural Leaders’ Reflections on Cultural Participation: Philadelphia Cultural Participation Benchmark Project

The Philadelphia Cultural Participation Benchmark Project, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, was a collaboration of the University of Pennsylvania's Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP), RFA, and Audience Insight…

A Formative Evaluation of Reform Initiatives in Trenton Public Schools: Trenton School District

RFA conducted a 4-year evaluation of the Trenton School District's Leadership for Education Achievement (LEAD) initiative. LEAD is a program supported by the DeWitt Wallace Foundation which builds school and district leadership capacity for the…

Learning from Philadelphia’s School Reform

RFA is leading "Learning from Philadelphia's School Reform," a comprehensive, multi-year study of Philadelphia's complex and radical school reform effort. RFA researchers worked with colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania, Montclair State University, Swarthmore College,…

An Exploratory Research and Evaluability Study of the Peer Academic Development Curriculum by White-Williams Scholars

RFA conducted exploratory research of the early implementation of the White Williams Scholars' Peer Academic Development (PAD) standardized curriculum. Later, during the 2004-05 school year, RFA conducted an evaluability study of this program. White-Williams Scholars…

An Evaluation of Talent Development, a Whole-School Reform: The Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF)

The Talent Development High School is a national high school comprehensive reform model developed at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR). PEF, a regional partner for…

A Pilot Study of Young Children’s Mathematical Learning In and Out of School

RFA received support from the William Penn Foundation for a pilot study of the language and numeracy practices of urban elementary school children both in the classroom and at home. The aim of this project…

An Action Research Project: Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Project with the Philadelphia Schools

RFA provided the PMA education staff with a series of professional development sessions. The sessions focused on the skills and practices of program assessment and evaluation. The research focused on two Museum programs: an after-school…

Cross-City Campaign for Urban School Reform: A Study of the Contributions of Community Organizing to Urban School Reform

The Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform and RFA developed the Indicators Framework, which is being used to document the impact of community organizing for school reform. RFA has used the Indicators Framework in…

An Evaluation of the Reduced Class Size/Early Balanced Literacy Initiative (RCS/EBL): Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF)

RFA evaluated the RCS/EBL initiative designed and implemented by a partnership of PEF and the School District of Philadelphia. Full-time Literacy Intern Teachers in the early grades work alongside senior teachers. RFA examined the impact…

Action Research with Youth United for Change

YUC is a group of Philadelphia students organizing to change their high schools. RFA was asked to interview the students and adults with whom YUC worked closely and to create a summary of different perspectives…

A Study of How 8th Grade Students Understand High Standards Reforms and the Impact on Academic Engagement and Achievement: Spencer Foundation

The Spencer Foundation awarded RFA a planning grant to examine eighth grade students' school experiences and achievement as they encountered higher level mathematics courses, increased course requirements, and a newly mandated independent learning project.

A Review of Seven Parent Engagement Initiatives: The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation commissioned RFA to produce the booklet Strong Images and Practical Ideas: A Guide to Parent Engagement in School Reform. This guide reviews seven different but complementary programs, supported by the…

An Evaluation of MicroSociety, an Experiential Whole-School Reform Model: MicroSociety, Inc.

RFA conducted a three-year evaluation of MicroSociety and examined the impact of the project as a comprehensive school reform model. MicroSociety is a whole school reform model in which teachers, students, parents, and community partners…

Twenty Years of Reflection and Action: Lessons from an Exemplary Urban Professional Development Group

This project examined the work of one exemplary teacher network, the Philadelphia Teachers' Learning Cooperative (PTLC). Funded jointly by the MacArthur/Spencer Professional Development Research and Documentation Program, this study investigated effective and adaptive forms of…

An Evaluation of the Keystone Science Network (KSN): Franklin Institute Science Museum

RFA conducted a three-year evaluation of the KSN, a project of The Franklin Institute of Philadelphia. KSN's goal is to create a professional learning community in eastern Pennsylvania, which promotes the implementation of standards-based K-8…

An Evaluation of Philadelphia’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP): School District of Philadelphia

GEAR UP is a national initiative whose major goal is to increase significantly the proportion of low-income students successfully continuing their education at institutions of higher education. RFA worked in partnership with the School District…

An Evaluation of the Partners for Youth Program: American Red Cross

The American Red Cross's Partners for Youth program matches a major service organization with Philadelphia middle schools to provide an opportunity for young adolescents to explore goals, values, and community needs as they engage in…

An Evaluation of Science All Around Us: Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum developed and distributed science kits, prepackaged materials and activities for pre-schoolers and provided professional development for preschool teachers through a grant from the National Science Foundation. RFA helped the Please Touch…

An Evaluation of Family Literacy Initiatives

From 1997-2000, RFA conducted an evaluation of two projects sponsored by PNC Bank to create educational partnerships between four elementary schools in Philadelphia's Norris Square neighborhood and parents/community members. The PNC supported programs were the…

A Study of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA): The Logan Square Neighborhood Association and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Logan Square Neighborhood Association in Chicago was guided by its Holistic Plan which includes improving local public schools, developing youth leadership, enhancing neighborhood safety, maintaining affordable housing and revitalizing the local economy. RFA was…

A Capacity Building Project with Art Educators: National Arts and Education Consortium (NAEC)

NAEC, funded by the Getty Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation, sought to catalyze and support whole school reform through an integrated approach to arts education. Each of NAEC's six regional centers provided leadership and technical…

An After-School Literacy and Leadership Development Program for Girls: Sisters Together in Action Research (STAR)

STAR was an after-school literacy and leadership development program for low-income early adolescent and teenage girls (ages 9-18) in North Philadelphia. The program brought together groups of girls to design and conduct action research in…

A Study of the Experiences of African-American Students: Lower Merion School District

RFA worked with Concerned Black Parents in Lower Merion to conduct qualitative research into the educational experiences of African-American students at Harriton High School and Lower Merion High School.

A Study of College Learning Communities: Temple University

The Learning Communities program at Temple University aimed to improve the first semester experience and the retention of Temple freshmen. RFA investigated Learning Communities in three different schools within the university; seeking to understand how…

An Evaluation of Parent Councils at Five Sites Across the Country: National Urban League

RFA examined the establishment of five new Urban League Parent Councils across the country.

An Evaluation of the Regional Environmental Education Program Middle School and High School Curriculum: Schuylkill Valley Nature Center

An evaluation of the Regional Environmental Education Program (REEP) developed by the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) to promote awareness of environmental issues among schoolchildren. An analysis of data from the 1995-1996 school year…