Conducting Research and Development (R&D)
Research and development initiatives have always been central to SERVE's work. As needs emerge in the region, SERVE responds appropriately by conducting applied research and developing, evaluating, refining, and disseminating new products and interventions. SERVE also responds to specific requests for services and product development—such as the development of a training manual for classroom assessment—through contracting arrangements with states, districts, and schools.
A key aspect of the R&D process is the use of data to inform continued improvements of the product or intervention and to answer questions about the product or intervention's impact. SERVE is committed to Evidence-Based Education and utilizes a well-developed R&D methodology (i.e., concept paper, development, pilot, field test, and scale-up).