To Help Guide Decisions About COVID, Schools and Students, Researchers Are Compiling Decades of Data in Easy-to-Read Briefs

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and Results for America have announced a new EdResearch for Recovery Project, which will provide rapid-turnaround evidence briefs from top researchers to help answer the most pressing education-related questions from policymakers, educators, parents and other advocates as they respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“This project responds to a direct ask from education decision makers to better synthesize research in ways that respond to the needs of the moment,” said Nate Schwartz, Professor of Practice at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute. “Starting with a series of crowdsourced questions from leaders at the state and district levels, we enlisted some of the nation’s leading researchers to develop rapid-response briefs that clearly lay out the evidence base to guide current decision making.”

As part of the project launch, the Annenberg Institute and Results for America released the first three evidence briefs:

Upcoming evidence briefs will address topics including:

  • Supporting Immigrant Students and English Learners 
  • Budget Cuts and Staff Reductions 
  • Support for Students Experiencing Homelessness 

For a complete list of topics and authors, visit the EdResearch for Recovery Project website. Additional briefs will be released and posted to the website on a rolling basis as they are finalized. 

For more information about the project, see