Beyond the work of Dawn M. Ellis & Associates, Dawn Ellis has contributed significant research to the fields of arts and humanities, education, and policy. Her research contributions include work with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities publications from the Clinton Administration:
(1999): Working with the Council of Chief State School Officers, Arts Education Partnership, and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Dawn served as the lead researcher for the first nationwide inquiry into school district strategies for sustaining arts education, now used by individuals, communities, and states across the country.
(S. Seidel et al., 1998): As a Harvard Project Zero researcher, Dawn Ellis provided macroanalysis and triangulation of research.
(1997): As part of the small research team, Dawn shaped the education and technology sections and developed a synthesis structure for the report. The report met President Clinton's charge to identify ways for the public and private sector to strengthen the nation's cultural life. It led to large scale American collaborations across private and public sectors on research (including work on cultural capital, arts education, and the creative sector and the economy); technology, content, and standardized library digitization; preservation of sculptures, dance, movies, and digital media; and national celebration of the American experience.