Policy and Practice

EPIC engages educators and decision makers at the state and local levels to align policy and practice. Through the lens of our work supporting district- and school-level educators, EPIC researchers employ a unique array of methodologies and analytical approaches to complex policy issues.

Unpack Issues

  • Define issues through a comprehensive understanding of the educational policy context. EPIC conducts environmental scans through the coded analysis of policy documents, print and web-based communications, interview transcripts, and other qualitative data.
  • Understand the research on emerging policy issues. EPIC researchers conduct literature reviews by systematically gathering and analyzing research on emerging policy issues, with technical considerations of validity, reliability, conflicting findings, and gaps in the literature.
  • Review and organize data to better understand and to improve educational systems through data analysis. EPIC researchers are skilled in quantitative methods to perform a variety of analyses on public and proprietary data sets.

Engage Educators

  • Join with stakeholders through design charettes as codesigners of solutions to some of the most critical problems facing education today. EPIC has adapted the charette process for educational decision makers, borrowing from the fields of architecture and public planning.
  • Facilitate connections between secondary and postsecondary education at the local level. Working within a policy framework, EPIC staff convene educators and/or decision makers from secondary and postsecondary education to identify common areas of concern and to address the current state of the policy environment regarding secondary–postsecondary alignment and articulation.
Policy in Action
  • Engaging With Innovation (Kentucky)

  • Maine Guiding Principles – Developmental Frameworks

  • Connecting Policy and Practice (California)

  • Lane Arts Council Asset Mapping Project (Oregon)

OUR TEAM
Ross Anderson
Ross Anderson

Senior Lead Researcher

PaulBeach
Paul Beach

Research Associate

TracyBousselot
Tracy Bousselot

Research Associate

Kristine Chadwick
Kristine Chadwick

Senior Director

Marshall Curry
Marshall Curry

Research Associate Intern

Erin Fukuda

Research Associate

Matthew Kim
Matthew Kim

Research Associate

Jandee Todd
Jandee Todd

Research Associate