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REL West Event: Considerations for the Applicability of Research to Different Contexts
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April 16, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM Pacific

Location: Webinar

Description: Join the REL Program’s upcoming webinar to learn about a new tool designed to help schools and districts review research literature and select evidence-based interventions that are appropriate for their local context.

The U.S. Department of Education’s non-regulatory guidance on how to identify interventions based on the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) four levels of evidence recommends that schools consider not only the strength of the evidence supporting a particular intervention, but also the relevance of the evidence – specifically the extent to which the settings and/or populations used in research studies are similar to one’s own school and students. This is especially important for small, rural, or Native-serving schools, which are often underrepresented in education research.

The ninety-minute webinar will provide an overview of the draft tool, Applicability of Evidence-Based Interventions in Different Contexts. This tool presents a series of key considerations and related questions, aligned to eight important contextual factors, to help users examine how similar their context is to that of the research and assess whether a particular intervention might meet their needs.

The webinar will be highly interactive. Participants will be presented with a scenario and set of guiding questions to work through the tool in small breakout groups. As a result of the webinar, participants will:

  • Understand how to examine an intervention to determine its applicability to their context; and
  • Discuss potential uses of the tool and offer feedback for refining it.

Audience: This webinar is designed for educators looking to choose evidence-based interventions that will be applicable to school settings less often included in the research sample for impact studies, such as small schools, rural schools, and/or Native-serving schools. Both local educators and state or regional service providers who work with those educators are included in the target audience for the webinar.


  • Sylvie Hale, REL West at WestEd
  • Lenay Dunn, REL West at WestEd
  • Jeanette Joyce, REL Central
  • Mary Klute, REL Central
Erin Carter
(415) 615-3227
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