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Featured Grantee

Research works in subtle ways to influence policy decisions and practice. Bill Penuel and Anna-Ruth Allen outline three approaches that can help identify the uptake of ideas from research in practice.

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Use of Research Evidence

Understanding the role knowledge plays in decision making processes is less like hearing one instrument in an orchestral texture than understanding how fine tuning each instrument can influence the overall sound.

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Featured Grantee

Michigan State University’s Jennifer and Zachary Neal are using their recent research grant to investigate the ways that research evidence is identified, evaluated, and adopted by school district leaders. The Neals lead the Michigan School Program Information Project (MiSPI), which is focused on understanding how public school administrators find information about school programs, and how […]

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Insight & Analysis

Michele McLaughlin, President of the Knowledge Alliance, talks about her experience interacting with decision makers in Washington, reflects on the often unseen ways that research shapes and influences ideas, and outlines implications for researchers looking to inform policy and practice.

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Featured Work

We recently observed and interviewed leaders in a major urban school district as they set out to revise their district’s school improvement policies. In pursuing their goals, the leaders we followed drew heavily from the 2010 book, Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago. Drawn from a longitudinal research study of hundreds of schools, Organizing […]

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President's Comment

This year, the American Educational Research Association (AREA) will celebrate its one-hundredth anniversary at its annual meeting in Washington, DC on April 8-12, 2016. Throughout its history, AERA has provided a forum for researchers to share substantive findings and methodological advances to further the field. In recent years, AERA has become increasingly engaged in the […]

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Evidence at the Crossroads

A culture of evidence that shapes the accreditation of educator preparation programs can have an enormous influence over the education landscape. But will it work?

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Grant Announcements

Five new research grants will build stronger theory and empirical evidence in our focus areas of reducing inequality and the use of research evidence.

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Evidence at the Crossroads

Balancing impact and improvement is not a matter of doing the impossible. Rather, it is a matter of duplicating success.

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Evidence at the Crossroads

Evidence doesn’t turn itself into policy, especially when it contradicts prevailing paradigms or entrenched funding streams. If we are serious about a What Works movement, we can’t allow ourselves or other decision makers to pick and choose which results we want to act upon.

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Applying for Grants

We are shifting our focus from understanding how and under what conditions research is used to understanding how to create those conditions in order to improve the use of research evidence.

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Evidence at the Crossroads

We need a cookbook full of recipes for effective practice, but even better is knowing how to create recipes for effective practice from the ingredients on hand in the local kitchen.

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Evidence at the Crossroads

If our search for effective reforms for educational practice is successful, having strong and reliable evidence on implementation will be crucial for enacting real reform in our schools.

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Evidence at the Crossroads

Evidence-based policy is expanding its reach, this time by showing new ways to influence behavior, improve the efficiency of government programs, and save money.

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Evidence at the Crossroads

As the evidence movement matures, it is increasingly clear that we need to build on lessons not only from clear successes, but also from interventions that have not worked. Neither program developers nor researchers can tackle this task in isolation.

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