Our Funding

The Education Lab provides our services to non-profit and government agencies at no cost to them. We receive third-party funding from philanthropic and federal sources who have no vested interest in the outcome of our evaluations.

At the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy’s Policing Leadership Academy’s dinner with Keechant Sewell, the New York City Police Department’s first female commissioner, at Gibson’s Italia, photographed on March 19, 2024. (Photo by Jason Smith)

Operating Model

Our general operating model is that we are not a “fee-for-service” organization that charges our government or NGO partners; instead, we receive third-party funding from philanthropic sources who have no vested interest in the outcome of evaluations. We also receive funding from the federal government, including the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health, in the form of peer-reviewed grants. Our role is to apply the science and let the data tell its own story.

Our Theory of Change

Our theory of change is to design, test, and scale programs to ensure all students have the opportunity for future success. By generating cutting-edge evidence in a real-world setting, our insights are not theoretical; they are designed to be applied in the classroom and to reach students at scale – translating into maximum impact for students nationwide. To do this, we partner with philanthropic partners to provide seed funding to test these ideas. Once we have found promising approaches, we work to disseminate our results and direct public dollars toward innovations that work.

To support our work to ensure all students have the opportunity for future success, please visit our donation page.

To learn more about our funding needs, contact our Director of Development, Abbie Castiglione.

Our funders make our independent research possible.

We are thankful to our funders and our small-dollar donors — without whom this work would not be possible.