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    The mission of Research & Evaluation (R&E) is to support evidence-based decision-making, public accountability and organizational learning in Seattle Public Schools. 

    R&E's areas of responsibility include:

    Performance Measurement and Accountability - R&E partners with the Business Intelligence department to support the design and production of district and school performance frameworks and accountability reports. This work includes working with stakeholders to define key performance indicators, developing survey tools and other instruments, conducting statistical analysis, and producing data tools and dashboards.

    District Surveys- R&E designs and administers district-wide surveys that support performance measurement, organizational learning and improvement. Surveys include annual school climate surveys of students, families and staff, the school leader customer satisfaction survey, and central office employee engagement survey.

    Educational Research & Program Evaluation- R&E partners with district and school leaders and community stakeholders to support research and evaluation activities that contribute to organizational learning, planning and decision-making aligned to strategic goals and objectives. Additionally, R&E cultivates grant-funding and support for innovative research-practice partnerships with external researchers and organizations. 

    Research Review- R&E manages the formal review process for all external research requests, evaluating proposals to ensure they are relevant to district strategic priorities, rigorous in methodological approach, and low risk and low burden for study participants.


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    Research & Evaluation Department

    Eric M. Anderson, Ph.D.

    Jessica K. Beaver, Ph.D.
    Senior Research Associate

    Shelby Cooley, Ph.D.
    Senior Research Associate

    Lief Esbenshade
    Senior Data Scientist

    Yu Zhang, Ph.D.
    Research Analyst

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