Research

Research publications below include reports on the groundbreaking work linking social service data and education data to learn more about foster youth; “Learning Outcomes and Tuning at Colleges and Universities in the United States,” the Los Angeles County Youth Linkages Project that involved linking data from multiple data systems; Linked Learning research; and the Postsecondary Metrics Reporting Project funded by the Gates Foundation.

Foster Youth.  These groundbreaking reports from the Center for Social Services Research at the University of California, Berkeley and the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) represent the first time longitudinal data on foster youth education outcomes have been compared to other at-risk student populations.  Read the reports and the news release here:

Foster Youth Stability
Foster Youth Transitions
Foster Youth Study Final Report

Student Learning Outcomes at Community Colleges. Colleges have struggled in the transition from course outcomes that focus on what will be taught to student learning outcomes that focus on what students will know, understand, and be able to do as a result of passing the course. This research study, funded by the Lumina Foundation as part of IEBC’s Tuning work, assessed the development, implementation, and impact of SLOs at five colleges around the country. We found that although students benefit greatly from well-developed and applied SLOs, faculty skill level in developing SLOs and using them in their classrooms varied greatly. Learn more about Learning Outcomes and Tuning at Colleges and Universities in the United States.

Los Angeles County Executive Office Youth Linkages Project. The Los Angeles County Executive Office was linking data from multiple data systems (e.g., healthcare, justice, public health, mental health) to understand the long-term impact of services on youth formerly in the justice and foster care systems. They were not able, however, to access P-20 educational data for these youth. IEBC provided an educational progress and outcome data set for these youth that allowed the project research team to fulfill their vision of understanding the impact of education on outcomes and how education outcomes are affected by youth demographics and the services these vulnerable youth receive. Findings from this effort continue to have an impact on the ways comprehensive, long-term, wrap-around services are provided to youth in Los Angeles County. Click here for the full report from the University of Pennsylvania.

Linked Learning Research.  IEBC developed and managed the Linked Learning data system.  As  part of this effort, IEBC partnered with a number of organizations to provide data from the data system to support research efforts. Our partners were guaranteed accurate, reliable, and valid data that had been vetted by IEBC’s Analytics team. IEBC cut data sets for the annual research conducted by SRI for the James Irvine Foundation, which was the primary research endeavor of the nine district pilot project that spanned six years. Additional data cuts were provided to support research on the financial costs of the project, work-based learning efforts, and impact on subpopulations of students. This work continues and has been able to demonstrate statistically significant differences benefitting students in Linked Learning pathways. The most recent SRI  report can be found here.

Postsecondary Metrics Reporting Project. There is considerable interest in identifying metrics related to student progress, success, and cost benefits by which postsecondary institutions could be assessed. Funded by the Gates Foundation, this effort brought together colleges, community college systems, universities, and for-profit postsecondary education systems’ executive representatives. IEBC collected data from 17 of the participating entities to support this project designed to assess the reliability and validity of metrics that could be used to assess postsecondary educational institutions. IEBC worked with the institutional research offices of these postsecondary systems to coordinate data submissions, validate and clean data, and calculate a group of common metrics. IEBC also provided data cuts to other organizations involved in cost analyses and cohort research, which were additional aspects of the project. Click here for the full Postsecondary Metrics Reporting Project report.