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ERIC Number: ED567053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
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The What Works Clearinghouse: New Strategies to Support Non-Researchers in Using Rigorous Research in Education Decision-Making
Seftor, Neil; Monahan, Shannon; McCutcheon, AnnaMaria
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is a central and trusted source of information of scientific evidence for what works in education. Towards that end, the WWC summarizes research on a range of practices, programs, and policies (interventions) and disseminates that research in a variety of forms on the free public website. In recent years, the WWC has expanded its scope to include research on postsecondary education, interventions for teachers, and additional special education populations. The WWC has also focused its work on expanding resources to support a range of audiences in accessing, understanding, and applying research. New products, easy-to-use databases, and enhanced communication activities provide these much-needed supports for non-researchers. For example, the WWC has introduced several standards briefs, which each provide a detailed explanation of a WWC standard, such as attrition. The WWC also maintains databases to help users locate research studies or compare the demonstrated effectiveness of interventions on various outcomes, in various settings, and for different populations. In addition to supporting non-researchers in identifying appropriate interventions for their districts, schools, and classrooms, the WWC serves as a resource for researchers on how to conduct and report findings from high-quality research and on what topics rigorous research is particularly needed. In keeping with the theme of the conference, this presentation will describe new methods for communicating research information to practitioners and policymakers. The lessons from the WWC experience will be relevant to other education researchers who aim to share their research findings beyond the research community. Those who work closely with practitioners and policy makers will learn about several resources to which they can direct non-researchers for information about rigorous research designs and standards tailored to specific audiences. And all attendees will gain an updated understanding of the priorities and products offered by the WWC and ways in which they can engage with the WWC. One figure is appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)