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May-June 2020 Newsletter

JREE Volume 13, Issue 2, Available Online

Volume 13, Issue 2, of the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness (JREE) has been published online. Print copies are delayed due to Covid-19 closures but will be mailed to members who are print subscribers when available. In the meantime, SREE members can access articles online for free by logging into the SREE website and following the link on the JREE page.

The following article from Issue 2 is currently open access for all:

Exploring the Impact of Student Teaching Apprenticeships on Student Achievement and Mentor Teachers
Dan Goldhaber, John M. Krieg & Roddy Theobald


Methods Webinar Series Launching in July


SREE is pleased to be launching a new webinar series with a focus on research methods. The first two webinars, both scheduled for July, will provide attendees with skills that they can immediately apply to their own work. 

The cost per webinar is $25 for regular members and $50 for nonmembers. SREE student member registration is complementary. Registration information will be sent in the coming weeks; please save the dates on your calendar.

Proposing Cost and Cost-Effectiveness Analyses
Friday, July 10, Noon-1:30 PM EDT
Presenter: Brooks Bowden

This short session will provide guidance and tips for submitting research proposals that incorporate cost analysis. The session will show how to design a study to integrate a cost component and meet the quality standards set forth by the ingredients method (Levin et al., 2018) and the IES SEER standards. The session will be tailored to the current IES RFA goal/research structure.

Brooks Bowden is a leading expert in cost-effectiveness and economic evaluation. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Training at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education. She co-authored the primary methods textbook on cost-effectiveness, Economic Evaluation in Education: Cost-Effectiveness and Benefit-Cost Analysis, 3rd Edition.

Bayesian Interpretation of Impact Estimates from Education Evaluations
Tuesday, July 28, Noon-1:30 PM EDT
Presenters: John Deke and Mariel Finucane

This webinar will illustrate the pitfalls of misinterpreting statistical significance in evaluations of education interventions, describe BASIE (BAyeSian Interpretation of Estimates), an evidence-based alternative to p-values that assesses the probability an intervention had a meaningful effect, and provide examples of BASIE in action, including a simple spreadsheet tool. The webinar will be appropriate for people without any familiarity with Bayesian methods, as well as those with some knowledge who are interested in learning about the use of Bayesian methods in educational evaluations. There will be opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session.

John Deke is a senior fellow at Mathematica with 20 years of experience designing evaluations of education interventions. Mariel Finucane is a senior statistician at Mathematica who has led Bayesian analyses on evaluations spanning multiple fields, including health and education.



SREE Conference Virtual Meeting Sessions: Wednesdays at 1 PM EDT

In order to help our audience and members keep one slot open on their calendar, SREE will host a new virtual session at the same day and time (Wednesday at 1pm EDT). These sessions will be hosted via Zoom. Sign up to attend a session using the registration link provided for each session. All virtual meeting sessions are offered at no cost to members and non-members alike.

Currently scheduled virtual sessions for this series (details available on the website):

JUNE 10: Evidence for Federal Agencies: Assessing the Evidence Act at the One-Year Mark *TODAY*
Register to attend 

JUNE 17: Afterschool Strategies to Strengthen the STEM Pipeline in Grades 4-12
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July 15:  Causal Mediation in Education Research: Opportunities, and challenges, of examining intervention “mechanisms  *JUST ADDED* 
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August 12: Meet the Funders: Perspectives from Foundations
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August 19: Democratizing Evidence in Education: The Search for Balance between Inclusivity and Expertise
Register to attend

We are looking for additional full sessions that haven't already been presented virtually to plug into this new series of times. Send us an email including your session details (i.e., title and presenters) at [email protected] to schedule your session for one of the following dates: June 24, July 1, 8, 22, 29, August 5 and 26. If your session group is unable to schedule a live virtual presentation but would be able to pre-record the presentation and schedule a live virtual discussion, please let us know!


2020 Summer Graduate Student Fellowship—Deadline June 12, 2020

SREE, in collaboration with Grantmakers for Education's (GFE) Data Impact Group, is offering the SREE Summer Fellows Program again this year. Four SREE student members will have the opportunity to spend the summer working on a 'real world' research project answering a question that the philanthropic community is asking to help inform their work. For more information on the program, the 2020 projects and application requirements, visit the SREE website. Applications are due this Friday, June 12.


Institutional Member Corner:  RAND American Educator Panels Omnibus Survey

In Fall 2020, the RAND American Educator Panels will field the Fall AEP Omnibus 2020 surveys to nationally representative samples of teachers and school leaders. Researchers can add up to four questions to this omnibus survey at a reduced cost of $2,000 per question. This price covers survey development, programming, and administration (including an incentive payment to respondents), tracking of responses, reminder emails, and the production of a clean, weighted data file.

Launched in 2014, the RAND American Educator Panels (AEP) are nationally representative, probability-based panels of teachers and principals who participate in online surveys. The American Teacher Panel (ATP) consists of more than 25,000 public school teachers, and the American School Leader Panel (ASLP) consists of more than 5,000 school principals. Researchers can field their own questionnaires and run experiments with the AEP to produce quick, reliable, high-quality survey data.

Why Use the AEP Omnibus 2020?

  • Get high-quality data quickly while sharing costs with other researchers.
  • Collect pilot data for your new proposal idea.


  • The Fall AEP Omnibus 2020 is available to both RAND and non-RAND researchers.
  • The Fall AEP Omnibus 2020 will produce 1,500 completed responses from teachers and 1,500 from principals, both from national samples of K–12 AEP members (not a population-specific sample).
  • Field up to 10 simple questions (limited skips, no open-ended answers, no fills/piping or links to other surveys or external sources, etc.).
  • Researchers will only have access to data for the questions they field along with some basic demographic information. Final datasets will be weighted.
  • Omnibus survey data will be embargoed for 1 year before being added to the public-use AEP data portal.
  • AEP staff are available to assist with question development to help you get the data you need.

Estimated Timeline

July 17, 2020

First draft of proposed question(s) due to AEP team for review

July 31, 2020

Final questions and signed order form or Internal Work Agreement (RAND staff) due

Sept. 21, 2020

Omnibus survey is fielded

Nov. 20, 2020

Researcher receives final data collection results



$2,000 for each simple question per questionnaire.

Contact Us

To learn more, or to get your questions on the Fall AEP Omnibus 2020 survey for your next research study, email [email protected].

Upcoming External Events of Interest

Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Policymaking: A Research Webinar
June 11, 4 PM EDT
Sponsor: AERA
Register here

2020 CTE Research Training Institute
August 17-21, 2020
Applications due:  June 30
Apply here