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Toward a Research Agenda for Understanding and Improving the Use of Research Evidence


October 2009


Many researchers and research funders want their work to be influential in educational policy and practice, but there is little systematic understanding of how policymakers and practitioners use research evidence, much less how they acquire or interpret it. By understanding what does shape policymakers’ and practitioners’ decision making and the role of research evidence in those decisions, the research community may be able to improve the likelihood that their work will be used to directly inform policy and practice.

This report was prepared through the generous support of the William T. Grant Foundation of New York, which is not responsible for its content. Opinions expressed by individuals quoted in this report are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Education Northwest.

Suggested citation: Nelson, S.R., Leffler, J.C., & Hansen, B.A. (2009). Toward a research agenda for understanding and improving the use of research evidence. Portland, OR: NWREL.