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.

Educational Researchers' Survey Launched

The Center is currently disseminating a pilot survey to educational researchers to help better understand and describe the relationship that currently exists between the communities of researchers and school-based practitioners.

  • How is the research being disseminated  to administrators and teachers in schools? 
  • How do the problems of schools inform educational research? 

If you are willing to take this survey, please click here.   

Those who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle to win an iPad.  We greatly appreciate the time of those who help us to advance our understanding of how education research impacts educational policy and the decisions made by teachers and school districts.

When at AERA, Come Hear What We Have Learned...

…A Focus on School Improvement – “What is School Improvement Actually About?  An Exploration of Problems, Decisions, and Opportunities for Research Use”  with Dr. Liz Farley-Ripple and Kati Tilley, Friday, April 13 at noon – 1:30 pm in Park Central Roundtable Event

… “Decision-Making in Schools: The Influence of External Research, Local Data, Personal Experience and Other Evidence”  with Dr. Liz Farley-Ripple, Dr. Henry May, and Dr. Horatio Blackman,  Saturday, April 14 at the Poster Session 4 at 8:15-9:45 am

… “In the Middle:  Exploring Challenges of Research Brokers in Education” with Dr. Liz Farley-Ripple, Saturday, April 14 at the Symposium at 12:25-1:55 pm

We look forward to seeing you  in New York City.

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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