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IES Awards Low-cost, Short-duration Grants to Study Local Programs and Interventions
July 28, 2016

IES Awards Low-cost, Short-duration Grants to Study Local Programs and Interventions

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded the first four grants in a new research program designed to help states and school districts evaluate the effectiveness of programs, practices or policies being used in their schools. The low-cost, short-duration evaluations of education interventions and special education interventions are funded by IES' National Center for Education Research (NCER) and National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER).

This grant program was launched in 2015 to support relatively quick (2 years or less) and inexpensive ($250,000 or less) evaluations to test the effects of interventions and programs that are being used to improve student outcomes. These evaluations will help states and school districts take advantage of opportunities to evaluate new policies and programs as they are rolled out and make decisions about whether to continue or expand the initiatives.

The evaluations must be carried out in a partnership between a research institution and a state or local education agency, and must meet specific and rigorous research design standards. In order to keep the costs down, the grants generally rely on existing datasets and data sources, rather than on new data collection. (Learn more about low-cost, short-duration grants in this recent blog post.)

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 low-cost, short-duration grants are:

The low-cost, short-duration grants are just one many ways that IES supports opportunities for those in the field to participate in and conduct research. For instance, earlier this year, IES announced nearly $2 million in Research-Practitioner Partnerships in Education research grants to study educational challenges identified by local states or school districts and launched RCT-YES, a tool that makes it easier and more cost-effective to conduct evaluations. To learn more about how IES is supporting a culture of research use in education, read this recent blog by IES delegated director Ruth Neild.

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