Publications

Implementation and Impact of Outcomes-Based Funding in Tennessee

Outcomes-based funding (OBF) is a term used to define state and system-level higher education funding policies that link public higher education dollars to key student outcomes such as credit completion, retention and graduation (Snyder, 2016).…

Implementation and Impact of Outcomes-Based Funding in Indiana

Outcomes-based funding (OBF) is a term used to define state and system-level higher education funding policies that link public higher education dollars to key student outcomes such as credit completion, retention and graduation (Snyder, 2016).…

Executive Summary: Child Care Funding and Finance in Pennsylvania: Budgeting for Survival or Paying for the Cost of True Quality?

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Full Report: Child Care Funding and Finance in Pennsylvania: Budgeting for Survival or Paying for the True Cost of Quality?

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Case Study: Montgomery Early Learning Centers

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Case Study: Bullfrogs and Butterflies

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Case Study: Children’s Village

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Case Study: Seton Center

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Kindergarten English Learners’ Time to Proficiency in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is often called the original American melting pot for its rich mix of languages, people, ideas and religions. That tradition continues today. The city’s immigrant population is growing steadily, and more than 20 percent…

Technical Appendix: Child Care Funding and Finance in Pennsylvania

Charter School Special Education Funding in Pennsylvania

For many years there have been calls to reform how Pennsylvania funds special education, both for school districts and charter schools. While some modest changes were recently legislated, they applied exclusively to new state special…

Technical Appendix: Tennessee SLDS Student-Level Analysis

Over the course of nearly two years, Research for Action (RFA) worked closely with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to clean, and analyze Tennessee’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).

Technical Appendix: Indiana SLDS Student-Level Analysis

Over the course of nearly two years, Research for Action (RFA) worked closely with Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education to obtain, clean, and analyze Indiana’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).

Comments regarding the Civil Rights Data Collection

Comments on behalf of Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based, nonprofit education research organization, regarding the Civil Rights Data Collection from the U.S. Department of Education.

Summary of OBF Impact on Student Outcomes in Tennessee and Indiana

From 2014-2016, Research for Action (RFA) worked closely with state officials in Tennessee and Indiana to obtain, verify, and analyze data obtained from Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) to determine the impact of each state’s…

Examining OBF Policy Implementation and Student-Level Effects in Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana

From 2014-2016, Research for Action (RFA) conducted a comparative, mixed methods study in Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio to: examine OBF state-level policy formation and implementation; explore institutional-level implementation and identify contextual factors that affect it;…

Implementation and Impact of Outcomes-Based Funding in Three States: High-Level Findings

Outcomes-based funding (OBF) is a term used to describe state- and system-level higher education funding policies that link public dollars to key student outcomes such as credit completion, retention and graduation. Outcomes-based funding models are…

Project LIFT: Year Four Student Outcomes Memo

Year Four marked the first year in which Project LIFT anticipated that long term outcomes would start to take shape. This expectation was, in part, based on the belief that after three years of added…