Educational Program Evaluation


RAND rigorously evaluates all kinds of educational programs by performing cost-benefit analyses, measuring effects on student learning, and providing recommendations to help improve program design and implementation. Our portfolio of educational program evaluations includes studies of early childhood education, summer and after-school programs, educator pay-for-performance, programs intended to reduce educational disparities, and choice- and standards-based reforms.

  • Teacher Jonathan Clausell conducts a math lesson as his students finish eating in his pre-K class at C.A. Weis Elementary Community Partnership School in Pensacola, Florida, Friday, March 5, 2021, photo by Gregg Pachkowski for USA Today via Reuters


    What Is the Cost of High-Quality Publicly Funded Pre-K?

    Researchers use cost data collection and cost modeling to estimate the cost of a high-quality publicly funded pre-kindergarten program. They outline the challenges in understanding full program costs and the implications for policymakers.

    May 6, 2021

  • Children sit on the floor listening in a group, photo by Stephanie Drenka/Big Thought Eva Kali/AdobeStockPhoto by Stephanie Drenka/Big Thought Eva Kali/AdobeStock


    How to Support Social and Emotional Learning in School and Out of School

    Do children benefit when schools and out-of-school time programs partner to improve and align social and emotional learning (SEL)? Lessons from six communities that made such efforts can help school districts and out-of-school time providers implement their own SEL programs.

    Oct 20, 2020

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