Center for Applied Research in Education

The CESR Center for Applied Research in Education (CARE), established in 2022 by Marshall Garland, Amie Rapaport, and Anna Saavedra, is housed in the Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California. CARE researchers oversee the education module of the Understanding America Study, a nationally representative survey panel of more than 10,000 households. We also conduct research and evaluations designed to increase understanding of how educational policies affect students, teachers, and schools, and whether interventions are effective, for whom, and under what conditions. Our partners include educators, school districts, state education agencies, foundations, and collaborating research organizations. Our work receives funding support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Lucas Education Research, the National Science Foundation, and the United States Department of Education.