The foundation of SWSA’s work to create and advocate for world class educational policies and practices is grounded in research. SWSA partners with several organizations including the Wisconsin Policy Forum, Children’s Wisconsin and Marquette Law School - Lubar Center.

Marquette Law School- Lubar Center

Marquette Law School’s Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education has hosted numerous programs featuring experts in all facets of kindergarten through twelfth-grade (K-12) education. Programs have provided timely examinations of major issues such as education financing, standardized testing, character education, school choice, and the impact of the COVID pandemic on students. Many of these offerings also support the Marquette College of Education’s focus on lifelong learning and an appreciation for research and professional growth.

SWSA Hanover Research Projects: 2013-2019

SWSA contracted with Hanover Research from 2013-2019.  Hanover is a Washington DC-based professional research service, to bolster the learning opportunities of our member school leaders.  Over the course of these six years, SWSA and SWSA districts commissioned 42 research studies.   SWSA does not currently have a contract with Hanover Research at this time.

You can access these studies (stored in a google folder) by clicking on this link:

Below are some of the most recent research reports that SWSA has commissioned Hanover to conduct (these are also stored in the google folder).

July 2019 Best Practices in Special Education

In the following report, Hanover Research discusses best practices for special education students.

Southeast Wisconsin Schools Alliance - July 2019 Best Practices in Special Education


January 2019 Best Practices for Teacher Recruitment and Retention

In the following report, Hanover Research discusses teacher turnover and the strategies schools can leverage to successfully recruit and retain high quality teachers.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Best Practices 1-3-2019 - Southeast Wisconsin Schools Alliance



January 2018 Authentic and Proven Family Engagement Strategies

In the following report, Hanover Research discusses authentic and proven strategies in supporting family engagement. Hanover additionally highlights family engagement evaluation methods and programming of selected peer and best practice districts.

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February 2017 Attraction, Recruitment, and Retention of Educators

In the following report, Hanover Research reviews research based best practices in the attraction, recruitment, and retention of educators for the public K-12 sector.

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September 2016 Mental Health Services and Public Education

In the following report, Hanover Research discusses the literature related to expanded school mental health programs and best practices in implementing school mental health programs and integrating community-based mental health supports.

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August 2016 Academic & Career Planning and Student Decision-Making

In the following report, Hanover Research discusses the existing empirical research regarding the impact of Academic and Career Planning (ACP) on student decision making. In addition, this report discusses the key components of comprehensive ACP programs and the recommended strategies to ensure the efficiency and sustainability of such programs.

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July 2016 Equitable Public School Funding

In the following report, Hanover Research examines the impacts of funding inequities on academic outcomes and reviews the ways in which states around the country address funding inequities.

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