The OERC is a collaboration of seven universities and four research organizations that conduct education and workforce research, provide access to research data, and seek to share research findings with policymakers and practitioners.
The OERC provides access to research data through the Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive. The OLDA creates linkages between longitudinal workforce and educational records to measure the experiences of individuals from childhood through the workforce.
The OERC is headquartered at The Ohio State University and is coordinated by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
“OERC provides timely, relevant information on Ohio’s education and workforce programs, which enables policymakers and administrators to improve the outcomes for Ohioan’s”
~ Josh Hawley
Executive Director, OERC
To develop and implement a statewide, preschool-through-workforce research agenda to address critical issues of education practice and policy. The OERC identifies and shares successful practices; responds to the needs of Ohio’s educators and policymakers; and signals emerging trends. The OERC communicates its findings broadly through multiple platforms and networks, producing materials, products and tools to improve educational practice, policy, and outcomes.
To be the source for cutting edge knowledge and resources regarding education and training for Ohio’s educators, policymakers and community leaders creating a dynamic cycle of research and practice where the needs of practitioners drive the research agenda, and high-quality research has a rapid impact upon practice in the field.
The OERC was founded in 2012 by a group of researchers from Ohio universities and research organizations. Initial funding for the development of the Center came from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) with the collaboration of the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) for the purpose of improving educational and workforce outcomes for Ohio’s students. The initial charge for the OERC came from the ODE’s Race to the Top program (RttT). OERC was charged with developing and implementing a coherent P-20 education research agenda in collaboration with ODE and OBR.