A Policymaker’s Primer on Education Research: How to Understand, Evaluate and Use It

June 14, 2004

The Primer is intended not only to illuminate further some of the technical statistical and scientific concepts touched upon in these reports but, more importantly, to stand on its own as a useful reference for those who would like to gain a deeper understanding of education research methodology. In addition to providing a deeper understanding, we want the Primer to serve the real-world needs of those who want to incorporate the findings of research in policy decisions, and so the Primer includes some practical “tools” we hope will serve that purpose. We’ve also worked hard to make this online version of the Primer user-friendly and highly interactive, with innovative graphics and other features that take full advantage of the Web-based medium.

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