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Research Papers and Briefs

This initiative released three white papers and three concomitant research briefs in 2013. The third white paper and research brief were released along with the initiative’s key priorities in November 2013.

Education Funders Research Initiative: A Case Study on Moving Philosophically Diverse Funders to Common Priorities

By Thomas J. Hilliard

Education Funders Research Initiative - Full Study

Philanthropy New York has released of a case study produced by an external researcher documenting the formation, challenges and ultimate success of the Education Funders Research Initiative – an unusual funder collaborative that brought together funders for and against charter schools, funders with different views of testing and accountability, and funders with vastly different approaches to supporting education reform to identify and advance shared priorities. 

Initiative Overview & Summary of Research

This document includes an overview of the Education Funders Research Intiative, six priorities for the next mayor of New York City, and a summary of the research. The first two white papers were released on October 8 at an event co-sponsored by WNYC SchoolBook. The third white paper was presented at our panel and discussion on Novemeber 21. To watch the live-streamed event, click here.

Release date: December 2013

View the Initiave Overview & Summary of Research here.

By Leslie Santee Siskin

New York University

This paper examines the increasing demands Americans have placed on their public schools over the last century,  with attention to the huge leap New York City is making through its efforts not only to graduate its students but also to prepare them for college and 21st-century careers.

Release date: October 2013

View key findings here.

View full paper here.

View our weekly snapshots here.

This paper examines the barriers and obstacles students and schools experience in achieving college and career readiness and how they may be overcome. It notes the persistence of achievement gaps among different groups of the cohort that entered kindergarten in New York City public schools in 1996 through their graduation and, for some, entrance to college.

Release date: October 2013

View key findings here.

View full paper here.

View our weekly snapshots here.

This paper brings all our research together and identifies a series of priorities for building on what New York City has already achieved to enable the City to increase the number of students who graduate “ready for success” in college and careers.

Release date: November 2013

View key findings here.

View our weekly snapshots here.