Welcome to RISE

The Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), a unit of the School of Education, was formed in 1974 to conduct comprehensive, integrated research and evaluation studies that enhance PK-20 education locally, nationally, and globally. RISE operates as a self-supporting, nonprofit organization housed within Iowa State University, a public, research-intensive, land-grant institution. RISE promotes the integration of evaluation, research, and policy through partnerships with schools, colleges and universities, federal and state education agencies, and private agencies and foundations.

RISE staff apply research and evaluation expertise to deliver a broad spectrum of services related to research, analytic inquiry, and technical consulting.

  • Grant proposal preparation and budget consultation
  • Program and project evaluation planning and implementation
  • Quantitative and qualitative research design and methodology
  • Qualitative inquiry (e.g., focus groups, interviews, observations)
  • Survey development and sample selection
  • Needs assessment
  • Data collection, management, and analysis
  • Interpretation and presentation of results
RISE staff have extensive experience in a variety of research and evaluation focus areas, including projects related to climate and diversity; curriculum development; health and well-being; personal and social responsibility; social, emotional, and behavioral initiatives; STEM; student learning and development; teacher education; and technology applications.

Through collaborative efforts with clients, RISE supports institutional research activities, conducts evaluations of academic programs, and contributes data for institutional improvement, policy development, accreditation, and program review.