EDC’s social science research guides practice and informs policy. Since 1958, EDC’s research has helped to advance health care equity, identify disparities in learning, improve student outcomes, and decipher the market forces that drive modern economies. Our findings equip educators, practitioners, policymakers, and the public with the knowledge needed to make evidence-based decisions.

EDC designs and conducts large-scale randomized controlled trials, qualitative studies, quasi-experimental research, mixed-methods evaluations, research syntheses, and secondary data analyses in the United States and overseas. Our social scientists bring world-class expertise to federally funded education research laboratories in the United States and workforce and labor market analyses in emerging economies.

We partner with school districts, ministries of education, community health groups, foundations, nongovernmental organizations, and federal agencies to adapt research designs to fit local contexts and priorities. To ensure that research moves into practice, we help practitioners apply new findings to create education, health, and livelihood programs that work.

EDC’s research is funded by public and private funders, including the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Education, Schmidt Futures, and the MetroWest Health Foundation.


Here are a few of our resources on research. To see more, visit our Resources section.

Conducted by EDC and SRI International, the study’s goal was to understand the extent to which providing access to media resources focused on critical science and engineering concepts can help children living in low-income households learn.


This study examines the extent to which Connecticut's Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) Program was implemented as planned and whether fidelity of implementation helped to retain participating

Resource libraries

This resource library contains reports, analyses, surveys, and fact sheets developed as part of EDC’s administration of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey from 2006 to 2014.


This report explores Massachusetts’ progress toward achieving equity in computer science (CS) education.


EDC conducted a study to examine employment outcomes and employer satisfaction levels for a cohort of youth who had graduated from the USAID-funded Akazi Kanoze program, an EDC workforce development initiative in Rwanda.


This study examined employment outcomes among beginning teachers in Rhode Island who were trained in a teacher preparation program in the state.