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.   

Increase the Impact of Your Research:

Virtual Series on Strategies for Knowledge Mobilization

for Education Researchers

In May and June, CRUE will be collaborating the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) to host  Increase the Impact of Your Research, four virtual webinars for education researchers. The sessions will include:
  • Evidence about Evidence Use: New Findings from a National Survey of Teachers and Administrators which will highlight the barriers and facilitators to successful use of research evidence by educators. Thursday, May 5, 2022 – 2:00 – 3:30 pm with CRUE researchers Henry May, Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Samantha Shewchuk, and Kati Tilley
  • What is Knowledge Mobilization and What Does It Look Like? will provide examples of tools and resources to support researchers in developing knowledge mobilizations strategies. Thursday, May 19, 2022 – 2:00 – 3:30 pm with Samantha Shewchuk and other acclaimed researchers sharing their knowledge mobilization strategies to increase the impact of their research.
  • Actionability and Compatibility: Meeting the Research Needs of Educators will focus on better understanding educator perspectives on education research.  We will hear from a panel of educators about their research use practices and their perspectives on how researchers can produce and communicate research that better meets their needs. Thursday, June 2, 2022 – 2:00 – 3:30 pm with Dr. Samantha Shewchuk
  • Leveraging the Intermediary Space: Connecting with Influential Organizations to Expand your Reach will introduce representatives from key intermediary organizations to share their work linking research and practice and their need to collaborate with researchers. Thursday, June 16, 2022 – 2:00 – 3:30 pm with Dr. Elizabeth Farley-Ripple
For more information about these sessions and to register for any, please visit


Strategies for Knowledge Mobilization is designed for academic researchers, private research staff, and graduate students interested in making their work impactful, usable, accessible, and engaging to practitioners and policymakers. Through case studies and surveys from nearly 4,500 educators and 350 education researchers nationwide, the Center for Research Use in Education (CRUE) has found that researchers whose work has the most salient impacts on policy and practice tend to collaborate with schools and districts, they leverage intermediary organizations to connect their research with practice communities, and they use multifaceted and targeted dissemination strategies.

Through four sessions facilitated by CRUE staff, participants will learn how to achieve greater impact based on findings from our studies and specific advice from researchers and practitioners at the forefront of connecting research, practice, and policy. Sessions will cover topics key to effective knowledge mobilization and engagement with non-academic audiences, including school/district and intermediary stakeholders. Workshops will be highly participatory and will provide practical knowledge, skills, and tools that can be used right away. Join us online this spring for one or multiple sessions! Please contact for more information.


Research for Practice: A Virtual Workshop Series for Educators

This FREE professional development series builds knowledge and skills for using research by focusing on practical and useful strategies in seven 1-hour workshops and asynchronous activities, and a course site full of tools and resources.

The series is designed for principals, assistant principals, teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum directors, district research leaders, assistant superintendents, and professional development coaches.

The webinar series features the following sessions:

  • What is Research and Why Should I Be Using It?   with Dr. Elizabeth Farley-Ripple and Dr. Samantha Shewchuk
  • Evaluating Research: A Cost-Utility Framework?  with Dr. Fiona Hollands, who discusses how to use the DecisionMaker®, an online tool to help educators make evidence-based decisions.  
  • Using Research-Informed Theories of Change in PLCs  with Dr. Chris Brown and Jane Flood
  • Finding and Accessing Useful Research  with Erin Pollard of What Works Clearinghouse, Laura Mikowychok of Pennsylvania Evidence Resource Center, and  Medha Tare and Jessica Jackson of Digital Promise
  • What is an RPP and How Do I Get One?  with Dan Gallagher discussing ways that schools and researchers can collaborate
  • Using the Marshall Memo in Teams  with Kim Marshall, author of the Marshall Memo
  • Taking Action as an Evidence-Informed Educator  with Dr. Elizabeth Farley-Ripple and Dr. Samantha Shewchuk


To access the materials from this series or for more information, contact us at