Teachers don’t find educational research relevant

Depressing but not surprising. From the Director of IES: For starters, many teachers view research as a search for bright shiny objects pushed by administrators without adequate attention to the needs and skills of teachers. Many told us they felt that their professional knowledge is all too often neglected in education research and, to use…

IES proposes Standards for Excellence for ed research studies

I predict pre-registration will make some people very unhappy. Register Studies. Did the researcher execute the research and analysis activities as originally proposed in a recognized study registry? Did the registration describe key elements of the study protocol, including a limited number of primary outcomes?  Are any deviations from those plans clearly documented and their rationale…

Become a What Works Clearinghouse reviewer

Have you ever wanted to become a What Works Clearinghouse Certified Reviewer? Now is your chance! The WWC has launched online training and certification for Version 4.0 of Group Design Standards to make it easier to become a certified reviewer. The online training consists of a series of nine modules led by an experienced WWC instructor. The content is the same that we…

IES Cluster-Randomized Trials Summer Institute

I did this several years ago, it was a great experience: Northwestern University, with a grant from the National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, is providing support for the 2018 Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials. The tenth Summer Training Institute’s…

So I finally managed to win an IES research grant …

… after serving on their review panels continuously since 2008, chairing several review panels, and submitting six previous IES grant proposals, all of which failed. And we got this one on the first round! It’s via the low-cost short duration program, and as I recall the RFA said only four grants would be awarded for…

IES training on RCTs

I attended this several years ago, and it was one of the best training experiences I’ve had: http://www.ipr.northwestern.edu/workshops/annual-summer-workshops/cluster-randomized-trials/ You will learn about much more than just RCTs.

IES funding to piggyback on NPSAS:16 data collection

Requirements for Applications Using the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study Applicants must meet the requirements listed under the Postsecondary and Adult Education topic as set out in Part II.A.8 of the Education Research Grants Request for applications (available athttp://ies.ed.gov/funding/. Under this topic, applicants may design studies to explore the relationship of malleable factors and student persistence, progress…

IES up for renewal

Here is a summary of the Strengthening Education through Research Act, which reauthorizes IES: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bill_summary_-_the_strengthening_education_through_research_act.pdf

Understanding variation in treatment effects in education

A new report issued by IES: A key purpose of rigorous evaluations of education programs and interventions is to inform policy choices. Typically, such assessments focus on the overall or average treatment effect of the intervention on key outcomes. However, there are also important program and policy questions that pertain to variation in treatment effects…

IES training opportunity

Application Information – Research Design Workshop for Faculty from Minority-Serving Institutions The National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education is hosting a Research Design Workshop for faculty from minority-serving institutions. The purpose of the Workshop is to provide an overview of quantitative education research design…