This checklist is a distillation of key points from the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development regarding Efficacy Research. The Guidelines, developed by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation, explains those agencies’ shared expectations for education research and development. This checklist, created by EvaluATE, is intended to support use of the Guidelines, enabling users to quickly reference those that specifically relate to Foundational Research. As such, it provides an overview and orientation to the Guidelines. It does not replace the Guidelines nor does it expand or elaborate on that report’s content. The checklist’s content has been extracted (usually verbatim) from the full report. All checklist users are strongly encouraged to read the complete Guidelines.
The complete guide and checklists for the other five types of research outlined in the Guidelines are available here.
A graphic overview of the Common Guidelines is available here.
TYPE 4: EFFICACY RESEARCH to determine whether an intervention or strategy can improve outcomes under “ideal” conditions (e.g., with more implementation support, highly trained personnel, and/or more homogenous participants than is typical).