Research and evaluation is a core activity at PEJE for the purpose of improving our own philanthropic performance as well as to help us build the capacity of Jewish day schools for growth and excellence. PEJE commissions research and evaluation studies because we believe that better information leads to better decision-making and more effective grantmaking. The purpose of this site is to share knowledge and other resources known to us about what works and why, in order to strengthen the day school enterprise.
This section is a compilation of case studies, data, evaluation findings, organizational links, reports, and other helpful resources for practitioners and researchers who want to learn about matters related to research on Jewish day schools, and about PEJE's work to strengthen day schools in North America. To assist your search, we have divided this section by topic:
- Alumni Study
The executive summary, full report and methodological appendix of the PEJE commissioned research conducted by Fern Chertok and Len Saxe at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, "The Impact of Day School: A Comparative Analysis of Jewish College Students." Also the executive summary of "Exploring Day School Pathways: Reanalysis of Day School Alumni Data" (Chertok, Wright and Saxe, 2008).
- Commissioned PEJE Research
A compilation of research reports commissioned by PEJE to advance knowledge about the North American Jewish day school enterprise.
- Evaluation Research
Executive summaries of PEJE program evaluations.
- High School Reports
Lists by high school showing the colleges and universities where recent graduates have matriculated.
- Research Abstracts & Reports
Abstracts and links to studies conducted about Jewish day schools or about the impact of day school education, completed or in progress. This section of the PEJE website includes brief summaries prepared by PEJE staff.
- Organizational Links
Links to other resources for research on Jewish day schools.