Research

Communities In Schools is a leader in using quality research to inform practice. We are committed to implementing cutting-edge, evidence-based practices. At CIS National Office, our goal is to provide resources and equip stakeholders across the CIS Network to ultimately serve and improve the lives of students, families, and communities. The following resources come from years of evaluation, data, and research related to R2P grant projects, Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) projects, End-Of-Year (EOY) results, Robert H. B. Baldwin Fellows, evaluations of CIS initiatives, CISDM data, and current issues facing youth, adolescents, and their families and communities. The reports, research briefs, toolkits and other resources are organized topically and thematically to meet your specific needs and interests within the CIS Network.

For further questions or comments, please contact Gretchen O’Sullivan, Principal of Data Quality.

In addition to writing and compiling our own research briefs and toolkits, researchers at the CIS national office systematically collect articles related to the work that we do.  The articles are sent out via a weekly summary, which highlights recent research, including insights into social and emotional learning, diversity and inclusion, college and career readiness, parent engagement, and more!  The summary also includes relevant tools and tips to facilitate your work with the students and families in your schools and communities and connects to existing related research from the CIS network.  All of these articles are archived here. You can subscribe to this weekly newsletter here.

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  • EOY data and network results

  • Annual data books

  • Data management tools and briefs

  • CISDM training

  • CISDM office hours webinars

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  • Constituent engagement: communications, funding, building capacity, volunteerism

  • Staff training and retention

  • Accreditation and TQS

  • Expansion and government relations

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  • Poverty and diversity

  • Serving special populations

  • Health

  • Early Warning Indicators and absenteeism

  • College and career readiness

  • Parent and family engagement

  • Help CIS staff find and connect with affiliates across the network

  • Engage with nationally vetted partnerships

  • Identify evidence-based programs being delivered with fidelity