About Our Research

Action research plays a critical role in the work of the Education Redesign Lab: it guides our thinking, shapes our ongoing theory development, and provides the basis for our program, policy, and advocacy work. Our research efforts include:

  • field mapping
  • documentation and analysis of the Lab's field work
  • a framework and downloadable workbook for measuring the progress of cross-sector collaboration
  • a landscape analysis and tools to support the creation of individualized Success Plans for children and youth
  • research briefs
  • development of a clearinghouse of promising practices.

The Lab’s recent research includes essons from international initiatives related to the Lab’s focus areas, the creation of the Partnership for Resilience effort in Illinois, and a multi-year study of the By All Means consortium. We are also developing research-informed tools and guides for implementing collaborative work on behalf of children. Our Measures of Success framework and downloadable workbook are intended to support data-informed community work, and our Learning Differences Guide provides recommendations for meetings the needs of students with learning differences.