The Institute’s purpose in funding Efficacy/Replication evaluations is to determine whether or not fully developed interventions produce a net positive impact relative to a counterfactual when they are implemented in authentic education delivery settings (e.g., schools) with a limited and specified sample.
- By counterfactual, IES means a comparison group that is similar to the treatment group in all respects except for receiving the intervention
- By limited and specified sample, IES means with a specific student or teacher population and with specific types of schools.
- efficacy studies are not expected to encompass widely diverse samples.
The Institute is interested in funding small, well-designed and well-conducted efficacy studies that are adequately powered to test the primary questions of interest.
- interventions that are already widely used but have not been rigorously evaluated or
- interventions that are fully developed, have evidence of their feasibility for use in authentic education delivery settings, and empirical evidence of the promise of the intervention but are not yet widely used
- interventions that will be replicated in a different setting or with a different population.
- select a topic of interest (e.g., social and behavioral outcomes to support learning)
- choose “efficacy/replication” as the “goal”
- FYI, the IES database does not always identify all relevant funded projects