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Scher, Lauren; McCowan, Ronald; Castaldo-Walsh, Cynthia – Regional Educational Laboratory, 2018
This report provides a detailed account of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program's experience establishing and supporting research-practice partnerships (called "research alliances") during its 2012-17 contract cycle. The report adds to the growing literature base on researcher-practitioner partnerships by sharing how the…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Partnerships in Education, Public Agencies, Program Development
Seftor, Neil – Regional Educational Laboratory, 2016
This short brief for education decision makers discusses three main factors that may contribute to a finding of no effects: failure of theory, failure of implementation, and failure of research design. It provides readers with questions to ask themselves to better understand "no effects" findings, and describes other contextual factors…
Descriptors: Research Design, Research Methodology, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
Dynarski, Mark – Regional Educational Laboratory, 2016
This brief provides tips writers can use to make impact research more digestible and actionable for policymakers and practitioners. The brief emphasizes five tips: make the contrast clear, make causal statements only when they result from causal research designs, present numbers simply and concretely, describe effects in meaningful units, and…
Descriptors: Research, Writing Strategies, Research Reports, Program Effectiveness
Kisker, Ellen Eliason; Boller, Kimberly – Regional Educational Laboratory, 2014
This brief provides tips for forming a team of staff and consultants with the needed expertise to make key measurement decisions that will ensure high-quality data for answering the study's research questions. The brief outlines the main responsibilities of measurement team members. It also describes typical measurement tasks and discusses…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Measurement Techniques, Group Membership, Expertise
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Boller, Kimberly; Kisker, Ellen Eliason – Regional Educational Laboratory, 2014
This guide is designed to help researchers make sure that their research reports include enough information about study measures so that readers can assess the quality of the study's methods and results. The guide also provides examples of write-ups about measures and suggests resources for learning more about these topics. The guide assumes…
Descriptors: Research Reports, Research Methodology, Educational Research, Check Lists
Regional Educational Laboratory, 2014
Many options exist for using technology as a tool for adult learning, and each day, it becomes easier to share information online than it ever has been. Online learning technology has grown from one-sided communications to numerous options for audience engagement and interactivity. This guide introduces a variety of tools, online platforms, and…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Adult Learning, Educational Technology, Internet
Regional Educational Laboratory, 2014
Technology continues to radically change how we create and consume information. Today, news, reports, and other material are often delivered quickly through pictures, colors, or other eye-catching visual elements. Words still matter, but they may be tweeted, viewed on a smartphone, or placed in a call-out box in a report. The design of these items…
Descriptors: Design, Graphic Arts, Color, Data
Regional Educational Laboratory, 2014
PowerPoint presentations, Excel documents, Web pages, and videos posted on federal websites must meet the requirements of the 1998 amendment to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Doing so ensures that these materials are accessible to a wide range of people with disabilities, including visual, auditory, sensory, and motor impairments. These…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Federal Legislation, Accessibility (for Disabled), Compliance (Legal)
Regional Educational Laboratory, 2013
Posting a report on the web or sending out a press release used to be all that was needed to help get the word out about one's research findings. But times have changed. Today, effective dissemination depends on getting the right message to the right people at the right time in the right form. To break through the clutter, researchers need…
Descriptors: News Media, Electronic Mail, Information Dissemination, Educational Research