The Research Alliance for New York City Schools conducts rigorous studies on topics that matter to the city's public schools. We strive to advance equity and excellence in education by providing non-partisan evidence about policies and practices that promote students' development and academic success.
The Research Alliance fulfills three core functions:
We conduct rigorous, applied research in collaboration with research institutions, policymakers, and educators.
We build and maintain longitudinal data archives to support rigorous research.
We communicate research results to broad audiences including policymakers, educators, parents, and other public education stakeholders.
The Research Alliance was founded in 2008 as a research center housed at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. While independent of the New York City Department of Education (DOE), we work with DOE and other stakeholders to identify important questions for research and to provide valid and reliable evidence to help solve problems and build capacity in schools throughout NYC. In addition, the Research Alliance collaborates with researchers at NYU and other universities and organizations across the city and country. Four principles guide our work.