Our Focus

The National Center on Performance Incentives (NCPI) is committed to independent and scientific research to evaluate the impact of pay-for-performance in public education. NCPI endeavors to develop a base of scholarly and practical knowledge for education policymakers and practioners. Our work involves a series of rigorous research initiatives, including randomized field trials and evaluations of existing pay for performance programs.

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The city of Nashville understands the importance of education and the value of innovative research. Having the National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt means that the lessons learned here in our city are ones that will provide crucial information to educators and policymakers across our country.”

Bill Purcell
Lawyer, Jones Hawkins & Farmer, PLC
Former Mayor, Nashville