Overview & Purpose

The purpose of the Hawai‘i Educational Policy Center (HEPC) is to provide objective, data-based information in the form of policy briefs, reports, articles, and forums bearing on public and private education policy and practices at all levels. The target audiences for HEPC publications and events are educators, policymakers, and other education stakeholders in the State of Hawai'i.


What is HEPC? 

The Hawaii Educational Policy Center (HEPC) is a policy research organization established in 1999 by the College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH) serves as the fiscal body for HEPC and administers funds on its behalf. The responsible UH administrator is the Dean of the College of Education.

While RCUH serves as the administrative home for HEPC, it cannot accept funds directly. Supporting funds for HEPC are transferred to RCUH as they become available. In past years HEPC received funding from the College of Education and contracts from agencies seeking to use its services. Currently, HEPC does not have a sustainable source of funds or contracts.

HEPCʻs Mission

  • Provide timely, concise, relevant and objective policy briefs, reports, articles, studies, forums, and workshops that reflect the needs and requests of Hawai‘i policy makers.
  • Become a trusted partner with policymakers in efforts to understand, nurture, improve, and adopt the best and most appropriate policies for our life-long learners in Hawai‘i.

HEPC Assumptions

  1. There are numerous educational studies, theories and information that need to be analyzed and evaluated for quality and application to Hawai‘i’s situation, policies and practices.
  2. There are important information and research gaps that need to be filled.
  3. HEPC can make a difference in Hawai‘i’s education system. Through a network of researchers, educators and institutional collaborators, HEPC complements existing efforts and provides timely and targeted information to assist lawmakers, administrators, and educators in their educational decision-making.

How Does HEPC Serve Policymakers?

  • Works with policymakers to identify what information they need.
  • Reviews, collects and distributes information on existing research on issues relevant to Hawai‘i.
  • Provides concise, objective, independent analysis of research.
  • Provides timely, targeted, interpreted data, briefings and testimony for policymakers.
  • Maintains a website with links to cutting-edge research and policy.
  • Commissions a range of policy briefs, articles, studies and reports that generate new knowledge and insights that inform policy decisions.
  • Conducts, facilitates, and participates in educational forums and workshops.
  • Initiates research on emerging and enduring issues that affect the quality of schools and the quality of learning.

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