Research and Evaluation

Research and Evaluation


Welcome to the Office of Research and Evaluation at The School District of Philadelphia! The Office of Research and Evaluation:

  • Conducts program evaluations of federal and state grant-funded programs;
  • Designs and implements research studies of major School District initiatives;
  • Administers the District-wide survey programs;
  • Facilitates critical research by outside individuals in support of the School District's mission and vision; and
  • Assists with the preparation of grant applications.

SDP Attendance Study

The School District of Philadelphia is partnering with REL Mid-Atlantic and Harvard University to study student attendance and academic performance. Led by Professor Todd Rogers, the project is called “School District of Philadelphia Attendance Project.” The project will take place during the 2014/15 school year, and the final report is expected to be released in late 2015.

For more information about the project, please visit the website.

SDP-Penn GSE Shared Solutions Researcher Practitioner Partnership

The School District of Philadelphia–Penn Graduate School of Education Shared Solutions effort (SDP-Penn GSE Shared Solutions) is dedicated to improving public education in Philadelphia and to bridging the gap between research and practice. The partners aim to accomplish these goals by bringing together teachers, administrators, researchers, and the community to critically engage with rigorous, evidence-based research. For more information visit the website.

As part of the partnership, we will invite researchers and practitioners from across Philadelphia to participate in quarterly mini-conferences throughout the school year. School leaders, teachers, parents, researchers, District administrators, and other stakeholders will be asked to share ideas and experiences and to collaborate in exploring a variety of topics that are central to school improvement. 

Our first mini-conference, Shared Solutions for School Improvement: Developing a System of Excellent Schools, was held on November 12, 2014. READ MORE


Research Review

If you are interested in conducting research within the School District of Philadelphia, please visit the Research Review page.

If you wish to obtain data from the School District, please complete a Data Request form. 

Philadelphia Education Research Consortium

More information coming soon!

 Visit Research for Action.

R2P Research Conference

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) and the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic co-hosted the annual SDP Research, Policy, and Practice Conference (R2P 2015) on March 4, 2015. For information, please visit the conference website

Copies of presentations, articles, posters and video clips from the 2014 R2P conference can be found on the REL website.

Research, Policy and Practice (R2P) Forums -- 2015

January 14 -- Career and Technical Education: Career Connected Education @440 Auditorium (slides available here)

February 11 -- Shared Solutions Mini-Conference #2/Review District-wide Survey Instruments

February 17 -- The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC) Study of Blended Learning in Philadelphia

March 4 -- R2P 2015 Annual Conference