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RAND rigorously evaluates all kinds of educational programs by performing cost-benefit analyses, measuring effects on student learning, and providing recommendations to help improve program design and implementation. Our portfolio of educational program evaluations includes studies of early childhood education, summer and after-school programs, educator pay-for-performance, programs intended to reduce educational disparities, and choice- and standards-based reforms.

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    Examining Competency-Based Education

    Aug 4, 2014

    Competency-based education meets students where they are academically, provides opportunities for choice, and awards students credit for evidence of learning, not time spent studying a subject. Researchers identify lessons for policy, partnerships, and practice regarding this approach.

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    Commentary

    Three Cheers for Research Users Engaging in REF 2014

    Mar 31, 2015

    In the UK, research outputs from universities are assessed every five years to determine future funding allocations from government. In 2014, for the first time, the Research Excellence Framework included an assessment of research impact. Research users played key roles throughout the process.

Explore Educational Program Evaluation

  • News Release

    Program to Improve School Outcomes and Student Achievement Shows Early Signs of Success

    A program intended to boost student achievement by providing teachers two years of professional development, including formal training sessions and meetings with a leadership coach, is showing early signs of success.

    Aug 11, 2015

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    Report

    Teacher Development Program Shows Early Signs of Success

    A program that provides middle-career teachers with two years of professional development, including formal training sessions and meetings with a leadership coach, is showing promising results on student achievement. Also, program participants are mentoring other teachers.

    Aug 11, 2015

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    Commentary

    What's Next for REF?

    In 2014, the research of 154 UK universities was evaluated, accounting for the efforts of 52,061 academic staff members. For the first time, the impact that the research had on wider society was part of the assessment. As we approach the next assessment period, there is opportunity for discussion to tweak and refine future measures of impact.

    Jul 8, 2015

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    Blog

    Summer Learning Day: Stopping the Summer Slide

    RAND is conducting the first-ever assessment of large-scale, voluntary, district-run, summer learning programs serving low-income elementary students. The results may help districts, educators, and policymakers make better decisions about funding and implementing programs to stop summer learning loss.

    Jun 19, 2015

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    Report

    Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success: Year 2 Report

    This second report from a multiyear study of Delaware's quality rating and improvement system for early learning and care programs addresses program participation and quality ratings, as well as financial incentives and technical assistance.

    Jun 2, 2015

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    Uncovering Multivariate Structure in Classroom Observations in the Presence of Rater Errors

    We examine the factor structure of scores from the CLASS-S protocol obtained from observations of middle school classroom teaching.

    Apr 24, 2015

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    Project

    Reviewing Existing Methods to Measure Learning Gain in Higher Education

    RAND Europe was commissioned by HEFCE, HEA and BIS to review existing methods for capturing learning gain in higher education. More specifically, we will analyse the form and rationale behind existing measures of learning gain, including the merits and drawbacks to these approaches.

    Apr 21, 2015

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    Commentary

    Investing in Kids Can Yield High Returns: Q&A with Dr. Lynn A. Karoly

    There is strong evidence of large potential economic returns to investing in high quality early childhood programs, but that doesn't mean that every program will generate equally large returns. Many programs likely have a “threshold” of quality and intensity that needs to be achieved in order to register positive returns.

    Apr 8, 2015

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    Commentary

    Three Cheers for Research Users Engaging in REF 2014

    In the UK, research outputs from universities are assessed every five years to determine future funding allocations from government. In 2014, for the first time, the Research Excellence Framework included an assessment of research impact. Research users played key roles throughout the process.

    Mar 31, 2015

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    Commentary

    REF 2014 Impact Submissions: Part of a Cultural Shift?

    The Research Excellence Framework (REF) has incentivized universities to be more focused on their contribution to society beyond academia. The inclusion of impact as a component of the REF is leading to a cultural shift in the academic sector.

    Mar 27, 2015

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    Commentary

    REF 2014 Shows That Research Impact Can Be Assessed

    For the first time anywhere, the UK has allocated funding to universities according to an assessment of research impact. An evaluation of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 process reveals that it worked, allowing different types of impacts drawn from a wide range of disciplines to be compared and scored.

    Mar 27, 2015

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    It Worked: REF 2014 Was Successful in Assessing Research Impacts

    RAND Europe's evaluations of the impact element of the UK's Research Excellence Framework 2014 show that researchers can describe the wider societal benefits of their research, and that these impacts can be assessed and compared.

    Mar 25, 2015

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    Measuring the Societal Impact and Value of Research

    Evaluations of the impact element of the UK's Research Excellence Framework 2014 show that researchers can describe the wider societal benefits of their research, and that these impacts can be assessed and compared.

    Mar 25, 2015

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    Evaluating the Submission Process for the Research Excellence Framework's Impact Element

    To formulate evidence-based conclusions and recommendations for improving the processes of preparing submissions for impact assessment, the higher education funding councils for England, Scotland and Wales asked RAND Europe to work with a sample of higher education institutions to evaluate the submission process for the impact element of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

    Mar 25, 2015

  • Research Brief

    Assessing impact submissions for REF 2014: An evaluation

    Research summary describing our evaluation of the assessment process for submissions to the impact element of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 by UK universities, to explore strengths, weaknesses and implications for future similar exercises.

    Mar 25, 2015

  • Research Brief

    Preparing impact submissions for REF 2014: An evaluation

    Research summary describing our evaluation of the preparation process for the new impact element of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 by UK universities, to assess the process and identify improvements.

    Mar 25, 2015

  • Report

    Assessing impact submissions for REF2014: An evaluation

    A review of the assessment process for the impact element of the REF 2014 within UK higher education institutions to assess the process and identify future improvements.

    Mar 25, 2015

  • Report

    Preparing impact submissions for REF 2014: An evaluation: Findings and observations

    As part of a review of the preparation process for the impact element of the REF 2014 within UK higher education institutions to assess the process and identify future improvements, this report summarises the approach and describes the key findings and observations.

    Mar 25, 2015

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    Preparing impact submissions for REF 2014: An evaluation: Approach and Evidence

    As part of a review of the preparation process for the impact element of the REF 2014 within UK higher education institutions to assess the process and identify future improvements, this report provides an in-depth analysis of the gathered data.

    Mar 25, 2015

  • Research Brief

    First Outcomes from the National Summer Learning Study

    This brief describes the near-term effects of voluntary summer learning programs provided by five urban school districts to large numbers of struggling low-income elementary students in the summer of 2013.

    Feb 13, 2015

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