Research for Action

Education First analyzes and frames the policies, dilemmas and issues that uniquely influence whether an education organization can be effective, whether in setting out a new strategy or refining an existing program. We help you identify the right questions to answer, probe the root causes of problems, survey the landscape, use data to compare options and offer strategic support for deciding on concrete, sustainable actions. Our approach taps a variety of different planning tools and research methodologies, depending on needs: interviews of practitioners and stakeholders closest to the problem; consultations with experts and researchers; site visits; focus groups and surveys; literature reviews and policy analysis; and organizational benchmarking. The results are research reports from Education First with honest feedback and a strong “so what” point of view.