The Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education has announced grants totaling $3.6 million in support of a first-of-its-kind collaboration to advance research on Jewish education.
The consortium was awarded grants of $2.1 million and $1.5 million from the AVI CHAI and Jim Joseph foundations through the Stanford Graduate School of Education to identify key questions in Jewish education, assist in the design of more robust research methods, and facilitate work that translates research findings into strengthened practice. Launched in 2011 with funding from the two foundations and the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, CASJE employs a three-part model comprising research, practice, and support to build high-quality evidence-based programs.
To that end, the consortium will focus over the next six years on three areas — sponsoring, managing, engaging, and sharing research; developing funding strategies for applied research in Jewish education; and expanding the talent pipeline of Jewish education researchers. The consortium will begin accepting proposals for applied studies in Jewish educational leadership in March.
"We at AVI CHAI believe that developing a strong evidence base, as well as a culture and processes for creating and using it, is within reach," said Yossi Prager, the AVI CHAI Foundation's executive director for North America. "Since such an evidence base will advance the field’s ability to make education, program, and funding decisions, it is aligned with our hope of leaving a strong Jewish education field after our sunset. We are delighted at the opportunity to partner with the Jim Joseph Foundation and other funders on this investment."