Research & Evaluation

We serve as a strategic partner to educational organizations engaged in piloting new learning models and other innovation initiatives. Our engagement supports:

  • Strategic planning for R&D
  • Fundamental research and peer-reviewed publications
  • Evaluation services, including the development of logic models and data collection approaches
  • Data science and learning analytics
  • Annual research reports, board and conference presentations
  • Playbooks, whitepapers, thought leadership articles and infographics
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NSF VisMO (Fostering Elementary School Students' Visuospatial Skills and Mathematical Competencies through an Origami-based Program)

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Project VisMO is a three-year fundamental research project that investigates the causal link between children’s visuospatial skills development and their longitudinal gains in mathematical competencies. This research effort brings together cognitive psychologists, learning scientists, mathematics education researchers, and origami artists to develop and evaluate an innovative origami-based program for elementary school children in South Bay Union School District, with a focus on the English Language Learners (ELLs).

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Cajon Valley World of Work Longitudinal Study

In Fall 2017, the Cajon Valley Union School District launched the World of Work (WoW) Initiative which aims to connect in-school learning and the demands of the real-world and make explicit connections between students’ social and emotional learning (SEL), academic performance, and career development.  In this four year longitudinal study, we focus on the implementation of the initiative and how various stakeholders experience the WoW initiative, we measure the impacts of the district-wide WoW initiative through a mixed methods design and begin to identify the contextual factors that maximize these impacts, and we will track some students to examine the sustained effects of the WoW initiative. CV WoW Year 2 Summary Slides

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Education Innovation Research: Coding Our Future - Creating Equitable Computer Science Pathways in Urban Schools

Partnering with TechSmart, USD, Lego, Classroom of the Future Foundation, and Cal State San Marcos, San Diego Unified School District will develop and implement a promising new evidence-based Computer Science Implementation Model. As the 17th largest school district in the country and the 2nd largest district in California, SDUSD is perfectly positioned to serve as a model for how large diverse urban school districts can train their teachers and empower their students to learn computer science. The Jacobs Institute will serve as the longitudinal research partner on this Education Innovation (EIR) Research Grant, conducting both formative and summative evaluations. 

Junior Achievement of San Diego County

Junior Achievement (JA) is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement of San Diego County is providing life-changing programs to young people in San Diego aiming to develop their financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This year, JA will implement the newly developed JA San Diego Fellows Program to a cohort of high school students. JI will conduct formative and summative evaluation to help JA identify the success factors and growth areas in the implementation of this new program as well as gaining initial evidence of the impacts of the JA San Diego Fellows program.