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Department of Education Evidence Review and Support for the What Works Clearinghouse

For the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), DSG supports the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). IES established the WWC (www.whatworks.ed.gov) in 2002 to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education to improve student outcomes. DSG has been tasked with expanding the WWC into postsecondary education. DSG and our team of reviewers assess the evidence of effectiveness available for postsecondary programs, policies, and strategies and disseminate information on the level of evidence through a variety of products, including Quick Reviews, Single Study Reviews, Intervention Reports, Review Protocols, and Practice Guides. DSG works closely with IES to identify ways to reach practitioners and policymakers interested in issues related to postsecondary education.

Intervention Reports:

Single Study Reviews:

Patel, R., & Rudd, T. (2012). Can scholarships alone help students succeed? Lessons from two New York City community colleges. New York: MDRC.

Quick Reviews:

Reviews, Reporting, Dissemination, and Development

The Reviews, Reporting, Dissemination, and Development (R2D2) project is expanding the content and reach of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)—a trusted source of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of programs, practices, and policies in Pre–K through postsecondary education. DSG is working with the Institute of Education Sciences to update current products, disseminate new products, and conduct evidence reviews for grant competitions.

Now more than ever, government leaders are developing policies and programs based on sound, scientific evidence of effectiveness. Through this project, IES supports an expanding knowledge base about what works that can provide guidance to practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders in education. R2D2 supports efforts that can provide updated information in accessible and easy-to-understand formats.

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