Since its inception, the Education Lab has provided pro bono technical assistance to government agencies and nonprofits, offering crucial support to agencies and organizations needing more capacity or staff to meet their research and data needs. This model became especially important following the COVID-19 pandemic when Chicago Public Schools was beginning to understand the pandemic’s academic, mental health, and community impacts. With the return to in-person instruction, the Education Lab’s embedded analysts have provided the capacity to support data-driven decision-making for effective and equitable resourcing and policy.
This support strengthens relationships with CPS by bringing new perspectives to old problems and facilitating work across city agencies. It also builds human capital by developing the capacity of the Education Lab staff and staff at CPS. By placing highly motivated and talented research and technical staff in city agencies, the Education Lab aims to offer direct and immediate service to our city.
Scaling Promising Practices in Youth Mentoring
This case study by Results for America highlights the Crime Lab and Education Lab’s role in the City of Chicago’s bold initiative to expand the evidence-based Becoming a Man group mentoring model to serve thousands of young men.
Randomized evaluation of a school-based, trauma-informed group intervention for young women in Chicago
Science Advances journal publication.
Working on Womanhood- Research Brief
Research brief for the Working on Womanhood project.
Seizing the Opportunity to Advance Education Equity
2021 Education Lab report on barriers to education faced by CPS students.