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IES Awards Grants to Improve Research Methodology and Researcher Skills
June 27, 2017

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded six grants designed to improve research methodology and the methodological skills of education scientists. The grants, worth a total of $3.47 million, are administered by the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and encompass two research programs.

Two of the grants have been awarded in the Methods Training for Education Researchers program, which is designed to help current education researchers maintain and upgrade their methodological skills. The grants will used to continue a summer Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) institute and begin a new program that will train researchers to conduct meta-analysis.

Four of the grants have been funded through NCER's Statistical and Research Methodology in Education program. This program supports the advancement of education research methods and statistical analysis through the development of tools that will better enable education scientists to conduct rigorous research.

Learn more about IES research programs and current funding opportunities on the IES website.

Methods Training for Education Research

An RCT Institute for Established Researchers
Awardee: Northwestern University, Larry Hedges
Amount: $799,669 for three years, Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2020

Meta-Analysis Training Institute
Awardee: Loyola University Chicago, Therese Pigott
Amount: $797,760 for three years, Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2020

Statistical and Methodological Research in Education

Development of Statistically Sound Methods and User-friendly Software for Performing Data Forensics
Awardee: Educational Testing Service, Sandip Sinharay
Amount: $473,366 for two years, July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

Statistical Power When Adjusting for Multiple Hypothesis Tests: Methodology Expansions and Software Tools
Awardee: MDRC, Kristen Porter
Amount: $379,720 for two years, July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

Uses of Posterior Distributions for Statistical Inference from Assessment Surveys
Awardee: P20 Strategies, LLC, Andrew Kolstad
Amount: $122,628 for two years, July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

A User-Friendly Tool for Designing Cluster Randomized Trials with Power and Relevance
Awardee: Elizabeth Tipton, Teachers College, Columbia University
Amount: $893,737 for three years, July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020

Media Contact: Dana Tofig, Communications Director, Institute of Education Sciences, 202-245-8235,