The Center for Research Use in Education is “Rethinking Research for Schools” (R4S)

Our mission

is to expand the study of research use and produce a more holistic picture of what drives it, from the production of knowledge by researchers to the application of research in schools. We also seek to identify strategies that can make research more meaningful to classroom practice.  

Why Research Use?

At our center, we believe that education research is an important part of the educational process. We further believe that rigorous evidence, whether qualitative or quantitative, can foster better opportunities and outcomes for children by empowering educators, families, and communities with additional knowledge to inform better decision-making. For this reason, we seek to support strong ties between research and practice.   

 Researchers are Being Asked to Complete Surveys!

How do researchers engage educators to use their research?

As a complement to a recent survey of educators, education researchers are being asked about:

  • how they are producing and disseminating their research evidence.
  • their experiences of using different media for disseminating research findings.
  • their perceptions of the gaps between research and practice.

We will be recruiting 500 education researchers from Universities, Regional Education Labs, Think Tanks, Foundations, and research organizations across the nation to participate in the Survey of Evidence in Education for Researchers. This survey will provide the field’s first real insights as to how education research may be influencing practice, as well as shed light on the beliefs researchers hold about the connections between research and practice.

If you receive a link to the Survey of Evidence in Education, we hope that you will take the time to complete the survey as a representative of the profession. The survey will be open through the end of 2020. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at



Learn more about Research4Schools

Our Work

Learn more about our two-part research plan and our guiding framework.

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Check out user guides, fact sheets, and more downloadable resources.

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Delve into our team’s library of research on knowledge utilization.

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Our Team

Get to know the R4S team and their powerful mix of expertise.

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We’re proud to have a strong foundation of institutional support behind our Center.

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Find insights from stakeholders about their work with evidence.

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