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Shift the attention from research design to research use: What school administrators and policy makers need to know when presented with research?

As schools turn to data-driven decision making to improve student achievement, research is playing an increasingly important role in local policy making. Efforts have been made to help policy makers better understand research with a focus on research design and method. However, how to better use research has received little attention. This paper addresses this matter by discussing five issues concerning interpreting and applying research: 1) there is a difference between sample-based and population-based research; 2) statistical results are best guesses rather than decisive answers; 3) statistically significant results are not everything; 4) not all research results are applicable to local setting; and 5) research results are just one source of evidence. It is hoped that school administrators will have a new perspective when interpreting and applying research and feel empowered to ask more from researchers

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Performance Evaluation as a Distinct Hybrid Form of Research Methods

This includes two meta-data issues: Process Management ((the method of the “business process”) includes the management using participatory evaluation of a process-based chain of events leading to desired outcome(s)) and Research Metrics (a solid grounding in the “facts” about whether there is progress towards desired goals)

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Eval11 Session 871: Presentation: Linear Logic Modeling in the Non-Linear World of Translational Research Infrastructure

At the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, embedded evaluators use nested logic models to summarize complex layers of intent, assist with program improvement, encourage an evaluative perspective, communicate program achievements, and identify evaluation tasks and metrics

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Eval11 Session 817: How Practitioners and Researchers Can Use Models to Build and Sustain Evaluation Capacity

Presentations made by Steffen Bohni & Sebastian Lemire; Tina Taylor-Ritzler; Jean King on models and instruments to measure and build evaluation capacity #OrganizationalLearningandEvalCapacityBuilding #Modelsofandinstrumentstomeasureevaluationcapacity #2011Conference

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Focus Search - University of Illinois at Chicago AEA Conference, Anaheim, CA: November 5th, 2011 Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDDR), U.S

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Eval11 Session 492: Evaluators and Institution Researchers Working Together to Understand Student Success in Learning Communities

Presentation for Evaluation 2011, from Session 492 - Methods I: New Approaches to Assessment in Higher Education - Currently, institutional research (IR) offices in community colleges nationwide are collecting and reporting on extensive data sets

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Focus Search - Host  health agencies must demonstrate capacity to  provide an AEF fellow with technical training,  research opportunities, and practical experience  in the application of epidemiologic methods at  the state and local level. 

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Eval2015 Session 2790: Reciprocity in Research: Using a Social Justice Framework to Balance Evaluator and Community Needs

Working with vulnerable populations raises questions of reciprocity: as evaluators, we acquire information from communities, but what are we giving back? In this session, the presenter will demonstrate how a community consultation was structured in a way that not only collected data from...

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Eval11 Session 220: An Evaluation of an Innovative, Collaborative Approach to Interfacing Research Systems with the Mental Health Community

The mission of the Practice Research Network is to build an infrastructure linking investigators at The University of Maryland, Baltimore, Department of Psychiatry with the public mental health system through an innovative approach to nurturing the development of activities that reflect the value of a collaborative and participatory approach to research

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Focus Search - Have your experiences with the Practice Research Network liaison changed your opinion of research participation?