ERIC Number: ED397110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-9
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Utility of Educational Research for Policymakers.
MacColl, Gail S.; White, Kathleen D.
A project team from the Program Evaluation and Methodology Division of the U.S. General Accounting Office was asked to review recent research on education and summarize the findings for policymakers. This paper captures the team's reflections on the utility of education research for policymakers and others interested in improving schools. The search for information is described, and how the findings were presented is outlined. Factors that limit the usefulness of educational research are considered, and some suggestions are offered for overcoming obstacles to research use. Few of the recently published reports, articles, and books offered accessible guidance to policymakers. The research community could do much to improve the utility of their work for policymakers by packaging their findings for wider audiences and producing better summaries. To this end, they could enlist the aid of journalists to reach a larger audience. The access to information offered by the Internet should not be ignored. An appendix presents some examples of successful school practices. (Contains 3 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).