ESSA Navigator

This grant will support the development of ESSA Navigator, a website to improve the use of research evidence in education.

Although there are at least twelve websites and 2,000 expert reviews on educational interventions, none of these websites allow users to easily compare, interpret, and make sense of the reviews of interventions. A recent study by the Bridgespan Group entitled “The What Works Marketplace” underscored decision makers’ need for more nuanced information about the varied effectiveness of interventions, the usability of interventions, and more guidance about the selection and implementation process. ESSA Navigator will attempt to fill these needs by aggregating rigorous reviews of interventions from websites like the What Works Clearinghouse to help educators identify and compare interventions. The ESSA Navigator site will also present peer reviews from other state and local decision makers. These reviews will help educators make sense of the feasibility and fit of evidence-based interventions designed to improve students’ outcomes. Education Northwest will produce a concept paper that describes the website; design a prototype website; and generate a longer term business plan to scale-up and sustain the website. The Overdeck Family Foundation will be providing an additional $25,000 to support this project