• Research, Theory, and Analysis

    For years now, this phrase has been the tagline for Ideas & Perspectives, our flagship publication. The phrase not only reflects the content of our advisory letter, but it resides at the core of Independent School Management’s raison d'être—supporting private-independent school leaders.

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What Parents Want: Education Preferences and Trade-Offs

Released in August 2013. This report details the results of a national survey of K-12 parents concerning educational preferences and what trade-offs parents are willing to make for the benefit of their children’s education. Analysts and advocates interested in the “demand” side of school choice have long focused on parents’ educational preferences. But parents are too often viewed as a monolith of similar if not identical preferences, with researchers looking to determine what the “average” or “typical” parent seeks in a school—and how that parent makes decisions among types of schools. This groundbreaking study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, conducted for Fordham by Harris Interactive, takes a different approach: It attempts to “segment” U.S. parents into distinguishable groups, each with its own set of values, priorities, and preferences regarding education.

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Schooling in America Survey: What Do Mothers Say About K-12 Education?

Released on May 8, 2013. This study, published by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, presents the results of a survey of the mothers of schoolchildren. The report focuses on respondents’ familiarity and views on a range of K-12 education topics and school choice reforms, with questions on the direction of K-12 education, federal government performance, education spending, grades and preferences for different types of schools, and views on charter schools, parent trigger policy, tax-credit scholarships, ESAs, and school vouchers.


Sample Gift Acceptance Policy

This is a sample gift acceptance policy (for I&P's fictional K-12 coed day school, Aegis Academy), created to accompany the I&P article, "Developing a Gift Acceptance Policy Manual," Vol. 38, No. 6. The sample is provided as a guideline as you develop your own policy; customize your policy to the particular mission and needs of your school and its development program.

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Women Give 2012: New Research About Women and Giving

Released August 2012. This report focuses on the effect of age and gender on charitable giving, with a spotlight on giving by Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) and older Americans. The new report is the third in a series of research reports by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University that offers deeper insights as to how gender differences affect philanthropy. The Women Give studies complement a growing body of research that affirms women’s growing importance as donors in the nonprofit sector. They also benefit decision-makers and fund raisers seeking to expand their donor base and attract more volunteers by providing key insights to inform their strategic efforts to more deeply engage women.

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2012 ISM Re-Enrollment Survey: Analysis of Results

Released December 2012. In this report, we describe the results of the 2012 Re-Enrollment Survey, an instrument administered by Hanover Research on behalf of ISM. The survey, which was taken by independent schools throughout the U.S., serves as a follow-up to the National Private School Parent Survey, and is aimed at determining whether the intentions captured in the parent survey matched the “reality for schools.” In this brief, we provide an overview of the survey results and describe (1) the characteristics for survey participants; (2) descriptive statistics of schools’ enrollment, financial aid offerings, and tuition costs for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years; and (3) an analysis of the relationship between re-enrollment rates, financial aid offerings, and tuition increases.

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Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012

Released December 2012. The Volunteering and Civic Life in America web site provides inclusive information allowing civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, and interested individuals to retrieve a wide range of information regarding demographic trends and rankings for volunteering and civic engagement activities in their regions, states, and metro areas. Data was collected through two supplements to the Current Population Survey to which thousands of Americans respond: the volunteer supplement and the civic supplement. This document highlights some of the key findings from the new data released in 2011.

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