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March 2011

From the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE)

IES Collaborates with Carnegie Foundation on 90-Day Research Cycles Aimed at Teacher Evaluation System Issues

Amanda DeGraff, an NCEE research scientist, attended training on rapid prototyping conducted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) on behalf of the Knowledge Alliance. Rapid prototyping was adapted by IHI from Proctor and Gamble's innovation method.

IES and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching are working together, through a 3-year cooperative agreement ("Learning from Emerging Teacher Evaluation Practices to Advance Teacher Quality") involving the use of 90-day research cycles, to address issues related to the technical and implementation components of teacher evaluation systems. NCEE Commissioner Rebecca Maynard called the project an "excellent opportunity to advance new and forward-looking research techniques that will inform the work of the Department and all institutions of education research."

This innovative, rapid prototyping research model was developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement with the goal of generating novel solutions for addressing existing problems within a 90-day research cycle. The cycle is segmented into three 30-day cycles which progress from scanning the literature and interviewing experts to focus and testing of the novel idea to summarizing and dissemination of the end result which, if useful, is considered a prototype. The prototype may then be used to inform further 90-day cycles or it may be used within full-scale research studies.

Results from two pilot cycles of the IES-Carnegie project are expected by the end of 2011. A website for the joint effort is under development by the Carnegie Foundation. For more information about the project, contact Amanda DeGraff at

ERIC Collection Grows, Partners with ProQuest

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IES' Education Resources Information Center, better known as ERIC, is a collection of indexed journal articles, books and other documents that now contains more than 1,375,619 records, including 332,233 with full text. ERIC currently indexes 1,157 journals, with documents and books coming from 101 federal agencies; 673 associations, organizations, state or local agencies, centers, and programs; and 77 book publishers. In addition, thousands of individuals contribute their work to ERIC through online submission.

ERIC enters into formalized agreements with copyright holders that provide ERIC with permission to index and display bibliographic data and abstracts. Such agreements may also provide immediate or embargoed full-text access via PDF hosted by ERIC; links to publisher's site; or links to institutional holdings.

Full text in ERIC comes from 84 journals, 606 non-journal sources, 5,181 online submissions, and over 301,462 documents from the ERIC microfiche collection (1966–2004).

In 2010, ERIC entered into a new partnership with ProQuest, provider of ProQuest Dissertations and Theses—Full text, the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses and the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress. Records from 1997 forward will be included in ERIC with a focus on indexing the most recent records first. To date, ERIC has added approximately 700 dissertation records.

To make the collection more useful, ERIC distributes RSS feeds enabling users to keep up to date with new content from various sources and on selected topics. Currently there are 18 feeds available, including reports from the regional educational laboratories, the What Works Clearinghouse, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Additionally, ERIC also includes conference papers from the American Educational Research Association; and information on such topics as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, bullying, community colleges, and high school student motivation. Any ERIC search can become an RSS feed, alerting you to new content matching your criteria as it is added to ERIC.