LAUP’s Research & Evaluation department was created when LAUP was founded in 2004. The R&E department was charged with developing internal checks to monitor LAUP’s functioning, tracking progress toward goals, analyzing data on the effectiveness of the system and reporting to the public on LAUP’s progress.
Today, R&E continues to support other LAUP departments by collecting data on existing initiatives, helping to develop new programs and providing recommendations for future practice. Research & Evaluation, like the rest of LAUP, is invested in advancing both practice and policy. Researchers have presented LAUP’s work at national conferences and have helped LAUP build organizational partnerships to achieve long-term goals for early education. Dr. Rosa Valdés has been the Director of Research & Evaluation since January of 2012.