Using Research Evidence to Strengthen Support for At-Risk Students
Communities In Schools is a learning organization committed to ongoing use of data and research to improve practice and drive positive outcomes for the schools and students it serves. To this end, CIS has invested in third-party evaluations to validate the CIS model and help build an evidence base for Integrated Student Supports. This third-party evaluation conducted by MDRC as part of the Social Innovation Fund found evidence of positive effects of Integrated Student Supports and case management for at-risk students and low performing schools. Additionally, MDRC provided recommendations that have been embraced by CIS to improve practice and upgrade its standards under the Total Quality System.