The Center for Alaska Education Policy Research enhances decision-making by policymakers, education professionals, and the public through collaborative, interdisciplinary research, analysis, and dissemination. The center conducts non-partisan research on policy issues around educational access, equity and excellence in the Alaska context, across early childhood, primary and secondary, higher and adult education.
- The center supports objective, non-partisan, rigorous research
- The center's work is conducted in partnership and collaboration with faculty from across the university system, key stakeholders and policymakers
- The center promotes community engagement by connecting researchers with policymakers and stakeholders, and by making research accessible to multiple audiences
Education policy research is a broad and evolving field of study. There are a number of topic areas and research approaches that fall under this moniker, from economic studies, including cost-benefit or "production function" research to organizational studies, looking at how policies are implemented to evaluation studies, assessing the impact and outcomes of policies. Education policy research can address how policies are developed and the relationship of politics to policies or policies to practice. It also can inform policymaking, answering questions decision-makers have about what is currently happening, why it is happening, and what might be needed to address a particular challenge.
Dayna Jean DeFeo
Director of CAEPR
Professor of Education Policy
Start-up funding for CAEPR was provided by BP and Conoco Philips through a generous donation to the UA Foundation.