Center for Education Policy Analysis at the School of Public Affairs' University of Colorado Denver has an ambitious research agenda that includes evaluation of national and local innovations in education, evaluation of educational outcomes and of parent satisfaction, and other policy research.
CEPA's mission is to provide applied research and program evaluation, strategic planning, and facilitation that enhance the capacity of local and national education communities to make informed decisions and solve problems, especially to ensure the most efficacious use of public resources and improve access and outcomes for disadvantaged populations.
CEPA focuses on preK-12 policy issues, (governance, finance, leadership, management, standards development, school readiness, parent involvement, school choice, competition and parent information issues) and higher education systems integration issues
. CEPA staff employ their diverse educational and professional backgrounds when working with communities and organizations to provide applied research and program evaluation, and, planning and problem solving assistance.
Since 2004, CEPA has been funded by national organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the University of Washington's Center for Reinventing Public Education's "Doing Choice Right" project
. CEPA is at the forefront of much of the major research and strategic planning around education in Colorado
Current education-related projects include development of an after school/extra learning opportunity funding map; assisting Governor Ritter's P-20 Council; strategic planning around the P-20 Council's consideration of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education issues; assisting DPS to understand issues around parental choice, school performance, and school redesign; working with the State of Hawai'i to track high school graduation and college attendance; and, evaluating parental involvement in Colorado schools. Through "WIRED," a federally funded economic development program with a strong emphasis on P-20 education as a driver of economic well-being, CEPA is working to develop stronger and better pipelines from education into the workforce.
Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) Denver was created in 2007, as part of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. It is a satellite office of
Center on Reinventing Public Education
, which for 15 years has been one of the nation’s leading think tanks on new approaches to education reform. Under the leadership of Paul Hill, CRPE’s national program of research and analysis examines a range of alternatives that rethink and challenge current systems in urban school systems. UCD’s Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) staffs CRPE Denver. Dr. Paul Teske, Dean of UCD's School of Public Affairs, directs CRPE Denver.