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You have an important mission and are doing work that makes a real difference for young people. Whether you’re a nonprofit organization, a government agency, or a company working for positive social change, you deserve to have the support you need to put that mission into action in the most impactful way possible.

Helping You Make An Impact

At Education Policy Strategies, our goal is to empower you with the tools and knowledge you need to confidently engage on the education policy issues that matter most to you. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or just dipping your toe into the policy world for the first time, our continuum of services is designed to meet you right where you are to help you maximize your impact.

Committed To Systems Change

Our clients are purpose-driven, forward-thinking, and committed to the fundamental belief that all students can succeed given the right opportunities, resources, and support. We work with clients to address equity and justice, to change systems, and to break down barriers to education for all students while recognizing the importance of ongoing collaboration to create and sustain change.

Whether you’re looking to better understand the policy landscape, align policy priorities to your mission, advocate for change, or infuse K-12 education policy expertise into your work, we can help you make it happen.

Or read on if you believe we can help you make a greater impact and are ready to get started

Explore Our Services

Education Policy Research And Analysis

Policy research and analysis help you make informed decisions and create policy priorities that are aligned to your mission, develop your advocacy strategy, and create informed thought leadership.

The Challenge

An up-to-date understanding of the current policy landscape is essential for effectively engaging in the education policy discourse and creating impactful advocacy campaigns. 

The United States’ decentralized education system makes it particularly challenging to understand which laws and regulations sit at which level of government, and how these different policies interact. 

Legislative databases rarely give the full picture, as so much of policy has to do with what isn’t in the law, rather than what is, and varying terminology across different states and branches of government can make it easy to miss something. 

So much of education policy is made through regulations, local and state boards of education, and budgets, and legislative databases don’t pick these policies up, either. 

Due to the varying accessibility of different government websites, and the ways that many policies in development are written and negotiated long before they are formally introduced, stakeholder interviews are usually necessary to get the full picture. 

Knowing who to talk to, and what questions to ask, can take additional research, relationships, and trust.

Our Approach To Education Policy Research And Analysis

We have years of experience conducting policy scans and analyses at the federal and state levels. The trusting relationships that we have built up over decades enable us to track down the most up-to-date information. 

When we work with you, the process generally starts with building a rubric to guide a comprehensive scan of current law, including statute, regulation, and funding status depending on your needs. 

We can also conduct literature reviews and stakeholder interviews if necessary. 

The goal is to understand the current law, its impact on the issues you care about, and the challenges and opportunities it presents for your strategy. 

How We Help

When our process is complete, we’ll typically deliver a memorandum or presentation describing the policy landscape, the potential barriers and opportunities, potential funding sources, areas to focus on when building a strategy, and recommended next steps.

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