Melissa specializes in education and social policy.Methods and Tools Economic Impact Analysis
ECONorthwest has extensive capabilities estimating the economic and fiscal impacts of a wide range of projects.Disability Benefits Calculator
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ECONorthwest can construct or deconstruct any econometric and statistical model or analysis.
Educators and policymakers have struggled to make progress on what has been called an “education flat line”—the weak growth in student achievement and degree attainment since the 1970s.
Insufficient funding—or an unbalanced distribution of funds—were long considered chief culprits, but recent studies suggest the relationship between spending and educational outcomes is mixed at best. With well-educated baby boomers poised to exit the workforce, and global competition for jobs on the rise, the need to understand what works in education is at an all-time high.
With tough budgets ahead, the challenge to educators and policymakers will be to make money matter in ways it hasn’t in the past. This will require robust research and development capacities at the state, school district, and college levels to build evidence about which professionals and practices are driving achievement and which aren't.
At ECONorthwest, we’ve helped many public and private nonprofit partners think about what’s working in education and what needs to be redesigned by offering expertise in: