Research for Better Schools

Research for Better Schools (RBS) is Philadelphia’s longest operating educational research and evaluation nonprofit, with over 50 years of experience conducting rigorous, actionable research. RBS works in collaboration with communities and individuals across a variety of settings—e.g., public schools, institutions of higher education, afterschool programs, and museums—and throughout the lifespan, from early childhood education to older adult learning. RBS’s portfolio spans local, regional, and national projects, with funding from school districts, non-profit partners, state-level agencies, federal funders including the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and private foundations. In order to create positive change at multiple levels, RBS engages with partners and projects to develop new curricula; measure and enhance professional development programs; introduce and expand the use of education technologies; re-envision systems-level processes; and inform policy discussions.

RBS comprises a diverse group of researchers with backgrounds in education, sociology, and statistics, with over 30 years of combined experience in education evaluation and research. In 2016, RBS merged with the Research & Evaluation Group (R&E Group) at Public Health Management Corporation, where the team continues to pursue research that improves the education-related outcomes of students, families, staff, and communities across the country. For example, staff evaluate the use and impact of school-based health centers and effects of social media use on raising awareness about epilepsy. The merger with R&E Group affords new synergies across the health, education, and social service systems, promoting integrated solutions to improve learning, health, and well-being.

For more information about the RBS team and R&E Group’s expertise and past and current work in education, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Senior Project Director.