The Cardus Religious Schools Initiative (CRSI) seeks to generate new theoretical and empirical tools for understanding religious schools. CRSI conducts research which aims to appreciate the uniqueness of religious schools' mission and organization, to reveal the extent that religious schools improve outcomes for students, families, churches, and communities, and to show the links between school mission and organization and student and family outcomes. CRSI investigates the mechanisms through which religious schools make a difference, addressing the questions of why religious schools matter for particular student and family outcomes. Through this research, CRSI will provide results helpful to religious school leaders seeking to understand the strengths and weaknesses of religious schools as well as information to leaders and educators across school sectors providing models for successful education.
One of CRSI's key goals is to provide timely and informative summaries of existing research on religious schools, with the intention of making research accessible to multiple audiences. Included in these summaries are evaluations and critiques of each study, oriented toward improving understandings of religious schools and to influencing religious school reform efforts. Visit the Research Evaluations tab to search our summaries and critiques of current research on religious education.
CRSI examines existing data to address key issues and questions regarding religious schools. Often government and academic research overlook opportunities to use existing datasets to shed light on religious schools. CRSI seeks to fill that gap by analyzing existing government and other national surveys that allow for assessment of religious sector differences, focusing on religious school dynamics and impacts. Visit the CRSI Reports tab to read our recent findings.
CRSI is also examining data from the Cardus Education Survey (CES). Researchers are investigating the pathways that link evangelical Protestant school experience and various life outcomes, such as educational and occupational attainment. Visit the CES Updates tab to learn more.