This checklist is a distillation of key points from the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development regarding Early-Stage or Exploratory 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 2: EARLY-STAGE OR EXPLORATORY RESEARCH to investigate approaches to education problems to establish the basis for design and development of new interventions or strategies and/or to provide evidence for whether an established intervention or strategy is ready to be tested in an efficacy study.