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  • The Institute of Education Sciences, or IES,

  • is the nation's leading source for independent,

  • non-partisan research, evaluation,

  • and statistics about education.

  • We offer credible and trustworthy information

  • that can help teachers, leaders, and the public

  • make informed decisions that will benefit

  • the nation's students, from pre-K to postsecondary.

  • To support an evidence-informed education system,

  • IES makes it easier to access data and research

  • and to apply it to education improvement.

  • First, IES provides user-friendly summaries

  • of the most rigorous and current research.

  • We do this through the What Works Clearinghouse,

  • or WWC.

  • The WWC conducts thorough and impartial quality

  • reviews of studies

  • to help decision makers learn whether there is evidence

  • that an intervention improves student outcomes.

  • The WWC offers intervention reports,

  • which summarize the research on a specific program,

  • policy, product, or practice.

  • There are also practice guides,

  • which include evidence-based recommendations

  • for classroom instruction and school organization.

  • These free resources can be found on the WWC website,

  • whatworks.ed.gov.

  • The public also has free access to hundreds of thousands

  • of education studies through ERIC,

  • IES's easily searchable online library.

  • The studies, reports, journal articles, and books in ERIC

  • are used by over 12 million people annually

  • to facilitate evidence-informed decision making.

  • Next, IES provides opportunities for educators

  • to apply research findings to local challenges.

  • IES administers a network

  • of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories, or RELs

  • that collectively serve all 50 states,

  • U.S. territories, and Freely Associated States.

  • The RELs match local needs with the most relevant,

  • credible research on how to improve student outcomes.

  • RELs offer in-person events and virtual learning opportunities

  • on topics such as research-based instructional practices

  • in math and literacy,

  • and strategies to keep students on track to graduation

  • or improve school climate.

  • The RELs also create new materials and events

  • that build on WWC practice guides.

  • IES also provides support for state and district personnel

  • to become full participants in planning

  • and conducting research.

  • Through several grant programs from IES's two research centers,

  • we support ongoing partnerships

  • between researchers and education practitioners.

  • Low-cost, short-duration grants

  • and researcher-practitioner partnerships programs

  • cover a variety of topics

  • that are important to educators across the nation.

  • Third, IES supports evidence use

  • by providing states and school districts

  • access to high quality data.

  • Since 2006,

  • nearly every state in the U.S. has received an IES grant

  • to develop and make use of

  • a Statewide Longitudinal Data System.

  • These systems allow states and districts

  • to efficiently identify student needs,

  • monitor education outcomes,

  • report timely information to educators and policy makers,

  • and provide data needed for research.

  • The data from these systems

  • are an integral part of many studies,

  • including those funded through IES research grants

  • and the RELs.

  • In addition, the National Center for Education Statistics

  • has developed a distance learning program

  • to help practitioners and researchers

  • access and effectively use its vast array of data sets

  • on student achievement,

  • school climate,

  • and much more.

  • Lastly, IES is always looking for innovative new ways

  • to help states and school districts

  • use their own data to conduct rigorous research.

  • For instance, a tool, called RCT YES,

  • makes it more straightforward and cost effective

  • for education agencies

  • to learn whether their programs are having a positive impact.

  • With a basic understanding of statistics and research design,

  • educators can collect data on an intervention,

  • enter it into RCT YES,

  • and learn quickly whether their program

  • improved student outcomes.

  • These are just a few ways that IES is

  • building and sustaining a culture of evidence use

  • in education.

  • There are many more,

  • and we are always adding new products, guides, and tools!

  • Visit our website at ies.ed.gov

  • or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Supporting a Culture of Evidence Use in Education

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    Roy Wu posted on 2018/04/11
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