Education and Early Childhood Research

For fifteen years I’ve worked to help improve systems for children, focusing on rigorous methodology and evidence-based approaches to effecting change. BRC’s clients have included the U.S. Office of Child Care, the states of Colorado, New York, and Florida, and numerous other governmental, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Early childhood finance and cost-effectiveness
  • Research design for educational and social interventions, including experimental and quasi-experimental methods
  • Pay-for-Success technical support for education interventions
  • Policy evaluation
  • Systems evaluation and change analysis
  • Large-scale data analyses of student outcomes and reform techniques
  • Teacher salary and school finance analyses

 

Project Examples

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Colorado Preschool Development Grant Cost Evaluation and Needs Assessment

Colorado’s Preschool Development Grant (PDG) provides $33.5 million to support Colorado’s vision that all children are ready for school when entering kindergarten. Colorado Shines Brighter, the state’s PDG B-5 initiative, works to maximize the number of high-quality early care and education options available to families, especially families identified as vulnerable and underserved such as those living in rural areas, families of infants and toddlers, and families of children with special needs.

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Presentation at the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors Conference

Each year, the Annual Conference of the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors hosts one of the nation’s most dynamic conversations about the feasibility, research, and policy implications of Pay for Success programs. The conference is organized by the Institute for Child Success, Ready Nation, and Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah, with whom I partner as a Senior Research Fellow.

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Two Definitions of Child Care Quality

As I think about the conversations I heard about early childhood in the past year, I find people are usually speaking the same language.  At conferences, in journals, and in legislative chambers, those of us who live within the early childhood realm generally agree...

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The Five Warning Signs Of EAU (Evaluation As Usual)

Is your organization suffering from Evaluation As Usual (EAU)?  Symptoms of EAU include overly enthusiastic language about successes, wish-washy discussion of potentially negative results, and a general lack of objective and critical data analysis and discussion....

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What Programs Are Appropriate For Pay For Success?

In April I had the opportunity to participate in a panel on Pay For Success (PFS) programs at the annual Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors Conference in San Diego.  Jointly sponsored by the Institute for Child Success and ReadyNation, the conference...

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