Research and evaluation are inextricably linked to all of the Ounce of Prevention Fund's work to narrow the academic achievement gap for children in poverty.
We explore the latest science about early childhood education and translate those theories to the 'real world' of our programs, and we rigorously evaluate our programs to collect information that will help us improve our models.
The Ounce shares its findings with policymakers to encourage them to strengthen early childhood programs in their communities. In sharing our best practices with early childhood professionals, we can equip them with what's needed to better serve at-risk children and families.
Research and evaluation are critical to understanding the effectiveness of our work and providing a high-quality early childhood education that will prepare vulnerable children for future success in school and life.
Our work has explored innovative and evolved concepts and processes for our field that can help address a key issue in early childhood education: instructional excellence achieved through job-embedded professional learning (JEPL).