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City Year’s Research and Learning Agenda

The goal of City Year’s Research and Evaluation Team is to help ensure that City Year—and the broader educational community—can more effectively support students and adults who work in schools, from AmeriCorps members to teachers.

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To help guide our work, City Year has developed a Research and Learning Agenda to serve as a roadmap for our future research and learning.Research agenda cover image

Our agenda, which is updated regularly, specifies the research questions that will guide City Year’s current and future projects, allowing us to continually improve our services by applying existing evidence of what works, generating new knowledge, and innovating on new approaches to program delivery through an equity-based lens.

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An equity-based approach to research means that research should begin from a place of simultaneously considering those being researched, community organizations, researchers and funders. Those involved in the research design must recognize unintended bias to arrive at an authentic trust that does the most good for those being researched. (Source: Chicago Beyond 2019).

Through our research and evaluation work, we aim to understand how to create learning environments and educational systems that accelerate educational equity by enabling all students to reach their full potential. We do so by exploring our outcomes on multiple levels, from our impact on systems, schools and students to the effectiveness of our practices to our impact on our AmeriCorps members and alumni and the communities we serve.

Explore a draft of City Year’s Guidelines for Taking an Equity-based Approach to Research and Evaluation.

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Guidelines for taking an equity based approach to learning

Through this document, City Year’s Education Research and Strategy Team hopes to confirm City Year’s commitment to engaging diverse research teams.

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What is equitable research?

Learn more about our equitable research approaches and why they're important for City Year and human development writ large.

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Emerging lessons from City Year's work

City Year's work is focused on ensuring that all students have access to the relationships, supports and learning environments that help them to realize their full potential.

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Learn more about our equity-based approach to research or learn how you can partner with us to further support our schools and communities.

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