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Seeking Funding from the Institute of Education Sciences. A Guide for WCER Researchers. Russ Whitehurst and the IES Revolution. IES is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education IES is authorized by congress and operates semi-independently

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russ whitehurst and the ies revolution
Russ Whitehurst and the IES Revolution
  • IES is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education
  • IES is authorized by congress and operates semi-independently
  • IES has a dramatically different approach to funding than its predecessor, OERI
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Russ Whitehurst and the IES Revolution
  • Many think IES is focused on a particular methodology
  • But the real change is not the advancement of one method over another
  • Rather: a narrowing of the question
    • What works in education?
    • Generally: what works to raise test scores?
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Russ Whitehurst and the IES Revolution
  • If “what works” is the question, it’s a short step to the randomized controlled trial as the optimal methodology
  • This is an important question (though not the only important question)
  • This is the question IES wants to answer
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Russ Whitehurst and the IES Revolution
  • Other designs permitted when RCTs are not feasible
    • Regression discontinuity
      • See lecture by Howard Bloom
      • http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/itp/videoevents.php
    • Quasi-experiments with well-controlled comparison groups
  • RCTs are preferred to answer the “what works” question
diverse methodologies in ies funded research
Diverse Methodologies in IES-Funded Research
  • RCTs are NOT a starting point
  • IES recognizes that a lot of work must be done before an intervention is ready for a full-scale effectiveness trial
  • Every IES program area allows 5 goals
goals of ies funded research projects
Goals of IES-Funded Research Projects
  • Goal 1: Analysis of large-scale data bases to generate hypotheses
  • Goal 2: Development of interventions
    • Qualitative methods often appropriate
  • Goal 3: Efficacy trials
    • Mixed methods often appropriate
  • Goal 4: Large-scale RCTs
  • Goal 5: Measurement (Instruments)
ies program areas
IES Program Areas
  • Reading and Writing
  • Mathematics and Science Education
  • Cognition and Student Learning
  • Teacher Quality—Reading and Writing
  • Teacher Quality—Mathematics and Science Education
  • Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning
  • Education Leadership
  • Education Policy, Finance, and Systems
  • Early Childhood Programs and Practices
  • Middle and High School Reform
  • Interventions for Struggling Adolescent and Adult Readers and Writers
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Education Technology
ies program areas special education research
IES Program Areas: Special Education Research
  • Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
  • Reading, Writing, and Language Development
  • Mathematics and Science Education
  • Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning
  • Transition Outcomes for Special Education Secondary Students
  • Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education
  • Teacher Quality
  • Related Services
  • Systemic Interventions and Policies for Special Education
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
ies program areas new or unique topics
IES Program Areas: New or Unique Topics
  • Statistical and Research Methodology
  • Evaluation of State and Local Programs and Policies
  • National Center on Teacher Effectiveness
  • National Center on Rural Education
  • National Center on Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools
what goes into an ies proposal
What Goes into an IES Proposal?
  • Depends somewhat on the goal
    • E.g., more emphasis on “theory of change” in goal 2 than in goal 4
    • Goals 3 and 4 requires power analysis
    • All require clear research questions, a well-defined sample (with commitment of participants), a detailed research design, and description of measures
when are ies proposals submitted
When are IES Proposals Submitted?
  • Letter of Intent
    • Optional but helpful
  • Proposal deadlines: Generally summer and fall
    • In 2008: June 26 and October 2
    • See: http://ies.ed.gov/ncer/funding/
recent examples of ies awards
Recent Examples of IES Awards
  • EDUCATION POLICY, FINANCE, AND SYSTEMS
    • Creating an Integrated Resource Information System to Assess Student, Teacher, Classroom, and School Effects on Value-Added Student Learning Gains and to Support More Cost-Effective Budgeting (University of Wisconsin, Robert Meyer)
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Recent Examples of IES Awards
  • POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION
    • Improving Postsecondary Preparation in Urban Public High Schools: An Evaluation of AVID in Chicago(University of Chicago, Melissa Roderick)
  • MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
    • A Longitudinal Study of Gender and Mathematics Using ECLS-K Data (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Sarah Lubienski)
    • Early Learning in Mathematics: Efficacy in Kindergarten Classrooms (Pacific Institutes for Research, Scott Baker)
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/ncer/projects/08awards.asp
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