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.   

Surveys are Underway with Educators and Researchers!

What evidence do educators use to inform their decisions?

This is the purpose of the survey sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences (IES). School Districts (20) and charter schools (20) have been randomly selected to participate in this survey. These schools are currently being contacted by our staff inviting them to participate. Ultimately, we will have information from 300 schools and over 12,000 teachers and school administrators  

To learn more about this survey, view this 3-minute video below, featuring Dr. Liz Farley-Ripple, one of the Principal Investigators, and Dr. Horatio Blackman, Research Associate.


How do researchers engage educators in their research?

As a complement to the survey for educators, education researchers will be 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 district research offices 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 2019. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at