RU FOCUSED EVENTS
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Measuring and Assessing the Use of Evidence
Cohosted with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
In Collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget
The purpose of conducting rigorous evaluations and building a base of strong evidence is to improve operations and results. For that to happen, evaluations and various other evidence-building activities should ideally be co-developed with end users, and the findings and results must be disseminated to and applied well by users and practitioners. How do agencies know if the evidence they are building is reaching the intended users? Is it being used, and if so, how?
This public virtual forum, hosted as part of the White House Evidence Forums series, addressed
- How evidence gets transmitted effectively to appropriate users (e.g., policymakers, program administrators and staff, and communities and people affected by policies and programs) and
- How evidence use can be measured and assessed and what tools and strategies can be used (e.g., measurement tools, strategies for integrating users and practitioners early to ensure study relevance, accessing evidence, understanding evidence, absorption of evidence, and adoption of evidence-based practices).
Please visit the Urban Institute event page to view the recording and materials.
Use of Research Evidence: Increase the Impact of Your Research
In collaboration with the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Strategies for Knowledge Mobilization is a workshop series for SREE members, 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.