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Html) are based on specific workshop discussions and issues. We chose to issue these two topical reports based on our judgment of the issues as most pressing and promising in the education policy and research circles. Randomized field trials have dominated much of the policy debate in the past few years, but since little had been written about implementation issues, we chose to issue a short report that summarized our workshop on the topic. Further, the Education Sciences Reform Act called for the formation of a new policy board—the National Board of Education Sciences—which will work with the director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to formulate and oversee the agency’s peer review system.

Nationalacademies. pdf. html that are intended, contributing to the process in effective ways, and learning from the experience. Delivering feedback to applicants can also be an effective way to signal the field’s (often implicit) standards of quality, reinforcing them in a formal context. Indeed, one workshop participant argued that “peer review is not just about judging scientific merit, it is about defining it and creating it” (Redish, 2003). Finally, the role of peer reviewers is typically to provide advice to the head of the agency about the relative merits of proposals they considered— usually in the form of a slate of ranked proposals.

The decision makers in 26 ADVANCING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN EDUCATION these agencies must be responsive to the results of the peer review process, yet they do play a role in ensuring quality in what they choose to fund based on that advice. It could well be that few proposals submitted in a particular competition will lead to research of the highest quality. In this case, the most important way to improve the quality of education research is to fund those few and then have appropriate agency staff work with unsuccessful applicants to improve the quality of their future proposals.

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