Urban Institute’s Center on Education Data and Policy, led by Matt Chingos, aims to gather, clean, and link federal education data, bringing it into a single location where it can be accessed by researchers, journalists, and other interested stakeholders. The program fills a gap in research timeliness by providing relevant, rigorous analyses quickly, so policy can be informed as it’s being made.
This program expands Urban Institute’s education policy work at both the K–12 and postsecondary levels. By building a deeper knowledge base in specific areas that impact children and families such as teacher preparation, school funding, and federal student aid, the Education Policy Program is in a position to strengthen and influence education policy on a local, state, and federal level.
Overdeck Family Foundation funding is supporting the design and development of a robust and user-friendly data portal with an application programming interface (API) and rich documentation that will promote the wide use of high-quality education data. This grant is part of our continued effort to expand the prevalence of data-informed decision-making by making disparate datasets more accessible and usable.