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Research & Evaluation

The Riley Institute’s Community Solutions Research Group promotes evidence-informed practices and policies and supports entities that serve children and families across South Carolina. We apply a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens throughout the entire research process, which impacts the projects we seek, the questions we ask, the methods we employ, and how we share results. Our commitment to equitable outcomes for all South Carolinians underlies all of our work. In this spirit, we offer the following services to our clients:

  • Providing external research and evaluation services such as designing quantitative and qualitative studies, writing and negotiating data-sharing agreements, creating measurement tools, and collecting and analyzing data
  • Serving as evaluation and learning partners with local nonprofit organizations
  • Delivering strategic learning opportunities on topics such as logic model and theory of change development and outcome operationalization and measurement
  • Facilitating educational opportunities and workshops on research and evaluation topics such as survey design, qualitative research coding, and effective data visualization techniques

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Supporting Children & Families

We believe all children deserve to have caring, safe, and enriching environments in which to learn and grow. Our research identifies effective programs and practices for improving child well-being and family stability.

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Montessori Education Research

South Carolina leads the country in the number of Montessori education programs in the public sector. Our research sheds light on an increasingly popular teaching method.

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Nonprofit Strategic Learning

Through a suite of services, we empower organizations and professionals to reflect on, assess, demonstrate, and effectively communicate the design and impact of their programs.

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Project-Based Learning Research

The Institute is leading several projects that study the impact project-based learning has on student outcomes.

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