Field Initiated Evaluations of Education Innovations
Dr. Emily J. Doolittle
Under a single competition held in FY 2005, the Field Initiated Evaluations of Education Innovations Research Grant Program supported research to evaluate the impact of education interventions that were not being used in the field, that appeared promising based on student performance or filled an unmet need, but that had not been rigorously evaluated at the time of application. Many such interventions are developed by education providers such as school districts or by small businesses or non-profit groups that are not well-equipped to plan or carry out rigorous evaluations. Therefore, this research program served to bridge a gap in federal funding between evaluations of federal education programs, and research and development carried out in the academic and university sector.