ERIC Number: ED359219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of the Quality of Research and Development at the OERI Research and Development Centers and at the OERI Regional Educational Laboratories.
Vinovskis, Maris A.
An evaluation of the Research and Development Centers and the Regional Educational Laboratories of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) was conducted by an outside analyst brought in in September 1991 by then Assistant Secretary Diane Ravitch. The Research and Development Centers have been one of the primary sources of federally supported education research for nearly 30 years. This analysis of the nature and quality of the research they produce indicates that the overall quality of the research is mixed. However, excellent educational research has been, and can be, produced by these centers. Steps to ensure this are summarized. At present, development seems to be emphasized less among center activities. A similar look at the types and quality of research and development at the regional educational laboratories analyzed activities since 1985. This undertaking is more complicated than the previous evaluation because the laboratories have not always been as explicitly and directly focused on research and development as the centers. Over time, their missions and operation have changed enough so that OERI would do well to reconsider the role of these laboratories and to look into the provision of research-based technical assistance that may be available elsewhere. Suggestions for improving the laboratory system are given. Appendixes include the curriculum vitae of the author, a list of centers and laboratories, and a reply to comments on the report by the chair of the Organization of Research Centers. Six figures illustrate the discussion. (SLD)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Federal Government, Government Role, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Research and Development Centers, Research Methodology, Research Utilization, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.