Effective public policy is grounded in evidence and informed by experience. EDC helps decision-makers and government partners use data to create education, health, and economic policies that improve lives.

EDC’s work has informed public health legislation in the United States and inspired the creation of education policies that have helped millions of young people learn to read globally. We drive policy development through expert testimony on STEM education, early and basic education, substance misuse and mental health, and workforce development.

EDC also works with legislators, ministries, practitioners, and community stakeholders to anticipate and resolve the micro- and macro-level challenges that often stand in the way of implementing effective public policy. We participate in advocacy groups, including the Basic Education Coalition, the STEM Education Coalition, and the Alliance for International Youth Development, to support the advancement of effective public policies.

Whether conducting research that informs health and education policy in the United States or collaborating with governments to reform teacher training and credentialing policies overseas, EDC supports the advancement of public policies that prioritize evidence and equity.

EDC’s policy work is supported by public and private funders, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Education, the Mastercard Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.


Here are a few of our resources on policy. To see more, visit our Resources section.

This study examines First 10 Schools and Communities—coordinated efforts to improve teaching, learning, and care during the first decade of children’s lives.


The proliferation of new technologies is changing the way we live, learn, and work. This white paper examines the complex and interconnected challenges related to workforce development, economics, education, equity, and ethics that our society must address to ensure our workforce is future-ready.


This report describes how the Regional Education Laboratory Northeast & Islands at EDC supported the formulation and implementation of a new data- and research-based discipline policy in one mi

Resource libraries

This website includes selected resources from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s work to prevent suicide.


This report describes the proceedings from the first State-Federal STEM Summit, held June 2018 in Washington, D.C.


This learning series summarizes the results of participant studies in the USAID Advancing Youth Project in Liberia. The studies explored topics in alternative basic education such as leadership,