If your school had a research team, what would you study? What data would you track? What stories would you tell? We develop in-depth research reports for our members, and work with schools to develop, support, and take on the critical research projects you need to move ahead.

Our Research Agenda

We conduct practical and timely in-depth research on topics based on trends we are seeing in independent and public schools and in the broader field of education. Reports are available for free to member schools, but can also be purchased. For more information on how to become a member school, please contact us. Our current and future research agenda includes the following:

  • Curriculum Review and Renewal
  • Building a science research department
  • Onboarding and Retaining Staff
  • Building an Institutional Research Function
  • Self-regulated Learning

For an example of our practical and useful research, download a free copy of our Fueling an Innovative Culture report. Discover a deeply-researched survey tool for assessing the culture of innovation at independent schools. Follow one school as they use this tool to re-examine their culture and better prepare students in an age of increasing volatility.

EXPLO Elevate did an incredible job conducting a custom research project for us around experiential learning. Sudipti was highly collaborative, and the quality of research was incredible. It really helped us set our strategy.

Maureen Burgess Hewitt School

Ways we can help you

We can conduct custom research for your school, or help build the capacity of your Institutional Research Department.

What is an Institutional Research function and what is it’s value? Learn More…

Conduct Custom Research

Is your school grappling with a question that requires a research or evidence base to provide insight?


We work with individual schools on providing the research to redesign aspects of their school design and structure, whether that be a small departmental curriculum revision or a broad whole school reimagining.


Link to: Project Example: Hewitt School (can we name?)

Build your Institutional Research Capability

Does your school have an institutional research function that is aligned to your strategic plan?


We work with schools on building your internal institutional research capability through the creation of a customized plan to move from a school that has data, to a school that uses data to inform decision-making.

Be your Institutional Research Department

Not all schools have the capacity or budget to have a full institutional research function at their school. We work with schools as their outsourced IR function. In that role, we:


  • Make recommendations on current data collection and management practices.
  • Support school leaders in considering key questions to ask based on the data the school collects.
  • Take on projects aligned to a key research question the school has, using the data they have available.

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