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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 oversees the design and production of district and school performance frameworks and accountability reports. This work includes defining key performance indicators, developing survey instruments, conducting statistical analysis, and producing data tools and dashboards.

    District Surveys- R&E designs and administers districtwide surveys that support performance measurement, organizational learning and improvement. Surveys include annual school climate surveys, the customer satisfaction survey, and the employee engagement survey.

    Program Evaluation and Strategic Research- R&E partners with district leaders, outside researchers, and community stakeholders to support research and evaluation activities that contribute to organizational learning and decision-making aligned to strategic goals and objectives. Additionally, R&E facilitates and manages a portfolio of strategic and innovative research partnerships with external research organizations and entities.

    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.

    Jane E. Barker, Ph.D.
    Senior Research Scientist

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

    Yu Zhang, Ph.D.
    Research Analyst

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