Category Archives: Education

Trump Administration Proposes Eliminating SIF, Cutting Teen Pregnancy Prevention; EIR Unaffected

The Trump administration has proposed eliminating the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and cutting the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program in a package sent to Congress covering the budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year, according to a … Continue reading

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School Improvement Grant Program’s Failure Points to Evidence-based Policy as an Answer

Last month Mathematica Policy Research released a tough report on the effectiveness of the Obama administration’s School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. The conclusion? After $7 billion spent, the program had no effect on student achievement in some of the nation’s … Continue reading

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Investing in Innovation (i3): Strong Start on Evaluation and Scale, But Greater Focus Needed on Innovation

The Social Innovation Research Center has today released a report examining the early progress of the Investing in Innovation (i3) program. The executive summary follows below. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report is an evaluation of the Investing in Innovation (i3) program, … Continue reading

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Building Evidence in Education: i3’s Past and Future

The following is an excerpt from SIRC’s report on the i3 program. In it, national experts and former Obama administration officials weigh in on lessons learned and the program’s possible future. EPILOGUE Viewed in isolation, the i3 program – while … Continue reading

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ED Announces First Round of Grants Under i3’s Replacement

The Department of Education today announced the availability of new grants under the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program, an updated version of the Investing in Innovation (i3) program. As was the case with i3, EIR has three tiers of … Continue reading

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House Moves Bill With Career and Technical Education Innovation Program

A House education committee today unanimously approved legislation (HR 5587) that would reauthorize the Department of Education’s career and technical education programs. The bipartisan legislation would also create a new innovation program that would support evidence-based career and technical education … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Workforce Issues

Hillary Clinton Pledges to Double Investment in i3

Evidence-based policy made an appearance on the campaign trail this week, with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee pledging to double funding for the new version of i3 — called the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. According the campaign: Hillary … Continue reading

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Performance Partnership Pilots: An Early Look

The Social Innovation Research Center has today released a report examining the early progress of the Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) program. First authorized by Congress in January 2014, P3 allows projects that are focused on youth to align and better … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Families, Education, Government Performance, Workforce Issues

SIF Funding Is Cut, i3 Level-funded in Budget Deal

Two Obama administration evidence-based programs whose funding had been targeted for elimination by congressional Republicans survived, although perhaps barely, in a final budget deal struck between Congress and the president Tuesday night.  The package is expected to be passed by … Continue reading

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