Action research plays a critical role in our work: it guides our thinking, shapes our ongoing theory development, and provides the foundation for our program, policy, and advocacy work.


We are currently exploring three key topics: cross-sector collaboration, data for impact, and personalized supports and services. Through our action research, we produce relevant reports, briefs, and tools to help guide policymakers and practitioners alike. We aim to build a body of deep knowledge and identify promising practices that informs the broader field and advances a new model of education.

Cross-Sector Collaboration

The Education Redesign Lab conducts original research that both documents our work with partners and communities, and provides practical guidance for cities, communities, and others who are interested in pursuing a child-centered agenda in their community. We seek to document and disseminate the progress of the communities we work with, highlighting some of the enablers and barriers to success. Our approach to field work-scaffolding and providing strategic support to cross-sector collaboration initiatives, including the By All Means consortium of community partnerships and the state-wide partnership in Illinois with Partnership for Resilience–has informed the research we have undertaken.

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Using Data For Impact

Drawing on best practices from collective impact and board governance, EdRedesign developed the Measures of Success framework to gauge the progress and success of cross-sector, collaborative efforts to support children and youth.

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Personalized Supports and Opportunities

A system of personalized supports and opportunities meets all children and youth where they are and equips them with the necessary tools to grow and thrive. But what exactly does this look like–in a classroom, a school district, and an entire community? What are effective implementation strategies? And how might we scale and sustain innovative approaches? We are exploring these questions by identifying promising practices, synthesizing research and documenting efforts underway.

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