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The watchwords in education these days are "scientifically based research" and "evidence-based practice." There is growing emphasis on using products and practices that have been validated through rigorous research. But what does rigorous research look like? In this section, "scientifically based research" (SBR) is defined and how educators can determine the validity of research claims is explained.

What is Scientifically Based Research?

What are the Criteria for Judging the Quality of Research?


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Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)

A new professional organization has been established to help support a growing community of researchers committed to examining cause-and-effect relations important for educational practice.
The mission of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) is to advance and disseminate research on the causal effects of education interventions, practices, programs, and policies. As support for researchers who are focused on questions related to educational effectiveness, the Society aims to: 1) increase the capacity to design and conduct investigations that have a strong base for causal inference, 2) bring together people investigating cause-and-effect relations in education, and 3) promote the understanding and use of scientific evidence to improve education decisions and outcomes.

What Works Clearinghouse

On an ongoing basis, the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) collects, screens, and identifies studies of the effectiveness of educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies). The Clearinghouse reviews the studies that have the strongest design and reports on the strengths and weaknesses of those studies against the WWC Evidence Standards.