|Title:||A Child Trends Pilot Study to Develop a Strategic Approach for the Effective Communication of IES Research|
|Principal Investigator:||Torres, Alicia||Awardee:||Child Trends|
|Program:||Unsolicited and Other Awards: Special Education Research [Program Details]|
|Award Period:||1 year (01/20/2021-01/19/2022)||Award Amount:||$488,662.00|
|Type:||Other Goal||Award Number:||R324U210001|
This project is jointly funded by the National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research.
Purpose The purpose of this project is to develop and pilot a research-based approach for the strategic communication of IES research to parents and teachers. As part of its mission, IES is charged with making the results of its funded research accessible to stakeholders, including educators and parents. This team will address this mission by developing videos that explain results of IES-funded research for a teacher and/or parent audience. In addition, they will disseminate the videos through local TV news, social media, and trusted intermediaries such as teacher associations and parent-serving organizations. They will also gather feedback from parents and teachers on the usefulness of this video messaging. To inform the strategy needed to successfully communicate IES research to this target audience, the team will also survey parents and teachers about when and how they access research as well as what information would be helpful to them to better support their children and students. The team will provide IES with results that can inform its research dissemination strategies, with the aim of increasing teacher and parent knowledge and value of IES research and, ultimately, increasing the adoption of evidence-based practices.
Project Activities The project team will conduct this work in three phases:
Products Products from this project will include 24 short videos produced in English and Spanish and 12 long videos (English) that include soundbites from IES researchers. The team will also produce a final report that includes a summary of research findings; suggestions for a comprehensive, strategic approach to communicating IES research through videos; and recommendations for IES to consider in their communication planning and future dissemination efforts.