Improving the Effectiveness of Education:
The Need for Rigorous Research
On May 3, 2006, DRDC Principal Investigator Barbara Schneider spoke to the Midwestern Regional Educational Laboratory (MREL) on "Improving the Effectiveness of Education: The Need for Rigorous Research." Schneider addressed the questions, How do we obtain the "best available information?" and What steps can we take to leverage the information already available in school, district, state, and national data sets? Schneider discussed the advantages of using large-scale, representative data sets to address policymakers’ and practitioners’ pressing information needs, and reviewed the challenges and benefits of estimating causal effects using observational data.
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Please note: The speaking notes included in this file contain material extracted from the forthcoming (2006) Schneider et al: Estimating Causal Effects Using Experimental and Observational Designs: A Thank Tank White Paper. Please contact the author directly for permission to quote, cite, or reproduce this material.