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Educational Research

The Voinovich School has a long history of education research and evaluation that is practitioner driven and provides insight into policy implications and practical application.

Primary research areas include:

  • College access and success in the Appalachian region;
  • The implementation of Value-Added Analysis and its role in informing classroom and building practices, promoting student achievement and identifying high performing schools;
  • Development and effectiveness of leadership and collaboration networks among K-16 educators;
  • Evaluation of K-12 programs;
  • Promotion and evaluation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives;
  • Education and its relationship to economic development;
  • Early Childhood Literacy, Health and Education;
  • Education and Health/Wellness

The Voinovich School is an active partner in the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) a collaborative partnership among six Ohio universities (Ohio State, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Ohio University, Case Western Reserve University, Wright State University) and four organizations (Battelle Memorial Institute, Battelle for Kids, Community Research Partners, and the Strategic Research Group) The OERC carries out a P-20 education research agenda in collaboration with ODE and the Ohio Board of Regents.

Example Projects

All Projects 

Evaluation of the Law and Leadership Institute

This is a two-year evaluation project conducted by the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs on behalf of the Law and Leadership Institute, LLC (LLI). Founded in 2008 and based on New York City’s Legal Outreach program, LLI is a statewide, collaborative nonprofit aimed at increasing racial and economic diversity within Ohio’s legal community. LLI works with students from the summer before ninth grade through high school graduation to develop the academic skills and drive necessary to succeed in the field of law.

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Evaluations of Kids On Campus Academic Year Programming

The Voinovich School serves as evaluator for nine Kids on Campus academic year programs located in six Appalachian school districts across southeastern Ohio. The programs are supported through the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grants as distributed by the Ohio Department of Education as well as through contributions from individuals and organizations in the Athens County area, and numerous departments and offices at Ohio University. The program serves elementary, middle, and high school children and targets those who face socioeconomic and/or academic challenges. Areas of enrichment include reading/math proficiency, homework help, youth development, art and science activities and supplemental nutrition.

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The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative Personalized Learning Network

The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative Personalized Learning Network (OAC-PLN) is a consortium of 27 rural school districts who are partnering with Battelle for Kids to increase student achievement.  The goal of the OAC-PLN is to accelerate student achievement by increasing access to advanced learning and effective instruction through a networked 6-12 grade, high quality blended learning and dual enrollment system. Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs serves as the external evaluator of the project. The comprehensive evaluation tracks both implementation and outcomes of this multi-year initiative.

Click here to access the report.

Tags: Education