At IFF, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to attend a good school near where they live — and, with hard data and a neighborhood focus, we are working to make that happen.

Our research focuses on the location, enrollment, and academic performance of all schools — be they public, public charter, or private — and pinpoints the geographic areas where new quality schools, more resources, and public policy changes will have the most impact.

Foundations, school districts, and charter school authorizers have used our research to support data-driven education reform strategies, including in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Washington, DC.

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IFF Research

The Opportunity Gap – Defined

Released in 2015, this report identifies the top 11 neighborhoods in Minneapolis with the greatest need for high-performing seats in grades K-12. The report, which evaluates the city’s 99 public district and public charter schools with Multiple Measurement Ratings scores, outlines the need for about 30,000 seats in quality schools. The study was commissioned by Minnesota Comeback, a coalition of education and philanthropic leaders.

Minneapolis Map Tool

A Shared Responsibility: Ensuring Quality Education in Every Cleveland Neighborhood

This study, released in 2015, identifies the 11 zip code areas in Cleveland with the greatest need for high-performing seats. Ultimately, we find that Cleveland needs about 48,000 seats in high-performing schools and over 60 percent of those are concentrated in the 11 high-need areas. Made possible through the support of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, IFF’s report was commissioned to help inform the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s facilities master plan update.

The Shared Challenge of Quality Schools: A place-based analysis of school performance in Indianapolis

Released in 2013, this is a study about neighborhoods, children and access to high performing schools. At its heart lies the question, “What areas in Indianapolis have the greatest need for high-performing seats?” In providing an answer to this question, it aims to unite district, charter, and independent school leaders around the shared goal of providing quality schools for all children. Click here to see updated maps of highest-need areas for the 2014-15 school year.

Indianapolis Metrics and Map Tools

Quality Schools: Every Child, Every School, Every Neighborhood

This study, released in 2012, assesses location and performance of charter and traditional public schools in Washington, DC. It is a supply and demand analysis based on current and projected performance data that provides information to guide education reform and to maximize the impact of resource allocations. This study was commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education of Washington, DC and funded by the DC Public Education Fund through a generous grant from The Walton Family Foundation.

Putting Performance on the Map: Locating Quality Schools in the Kansas City, Missouri School District

This report identifies the five zip code areas in Kansas City with the greatest need for performing schools as determined by comparing current school enrollment, the school-age population, and school performance across the district. Ultimately, we find that 85 percent of KCMSD students do not attend a school that meets Missouri state standards for academic performance, and that the majority of those student reside in just five KCMSD neighborhood areas. Click here to see updated maps of highest-need areas for the 2014-15 school year.

Kansas City Map Tool

Denver Public Schools: Locating Quality and Access

This report, produced by IFF and commissioned by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), provides essential new information on the relationship between the location of and enrollment in Denver public schools that meet the 2009 School Performance Framework (SPF) standards. It is designed primarily to identify and highlight those areas with the largest number of school-age children and the fewest seats in schools that meet SPF standards.

Public School in St. Louis: Place, Performance, and Promise

This study analyzes the performance, location, and enrollment of both public schools and charter schools in St. Louis in 2007-08. The study – Place, Performance, and Promise – determined that St. Louis students have limited access to a quality school in their neighborhood. The report was produced by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and IFF, in conjunction with the St. Louis Mayor’s Office. Click here to see updated maps of highest-need areas for the 2014-15 school year.

St. Louis Map Tool

Here and Now 2: Change We Can Measure

This report examines citywide and community area changes in the number of performing schools in Chicago’s 77 neighborhood areas between 2004 and 2008. It also documents the contribution of charter and other new schools under Renaissance 2010. Like the 2004 Here and Now study, this study is based on the premise that all Chicago students should have academically performing schools within or near the community area in which they live.