The Center on Research & Evaluation (CORE) at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University (SMU) is primarily geared towards providing research and evaluation services to both the SMU community as well as external clients. CORE provides human and other resources to assist faculty members in their development of research grants and proposals. Specifically, it provides support to their efforts to procure funding, implement grants, and disseminate findings related to their research.
CORE also seeks to build the capacity of non-profit organizations towards assisting them to better understand and carry out research and evaluation work for program improvement.
CORE's mission is to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families through the creation and dissemination of knowledge, and through evaluations of programs designed to enhance positive outcomes. CORE adheres to the principles of science to understand how best to improve education and human development, and believes the tools exist to substantially increase the number of individuals who are equipped to make positive contributions to society. Essential to improvement is the interaction between the creation of knowledge and the sustained work of organizations and individuals to use this evidence to improve lives and communities.