We are a special interest group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association. The purpose of our group is to inform and advance our understanding of the process by which research evidence is moved into educational policy and practice to facilitate real-world impact.
The Research Use (RU) SIG acts as a network of scholars and educators who work in a wide variety of settings and who seek to make substantial contributions related to the theory of research use, the empirical study of research utilization in educational organizations, and the implementation of research-informed policies and practices. We are always very active at the AERA Annual Meetings. The SIG-sponsored social events and annual business meeting give members opportunities to meet one another and discuss issues facing the field and challenges for the future.
If you think research evidence should be used to inform decisions about educational policies and practice, and are interested in opportunities to interact with others who are working on increasing evidence-based decision making in educational organizations, then the RU SIG is for you! We encourage you to consider joining the Research Use SIG with your AERA membership. We look forward to our work together and thank you for your interest and scholarship in the RU SIG.
Our vision is to create a space where international education researchers, program implementers, and decision makers can work together in their respective professional roles so that, within a diverse and reciprocal environment, there will be better understanding and improved practice.
The purposes of the SIG are to seek to understand how research is used to improve education policy and practice and to foster improvement of dissemination and use of research findings.