WHAT IS THE REGISTRY?
The Registry, which will open later in 2017, seeks to provide timely information on causal inference studies in education and related areas of social science in an effort to increase transparency and easy access to information about ongoing and completed studies. The Registry is intended to include all studies aimed at assessing the effectiveness of practices, programs, or policies under a range of conditions: (a) modifications to existing strategies that aim to improve outcomes; (b) new or different practices, programs, or policies implemented under ideal conditions; or (c) new or different practices, programs, or policies implemented under routine conditions. The Registry will accommodate a range of study designs.
The Registry includes basic study information and pre-analysis plans. There are eight domains: (1) General Study Information, (2) Description of Study, (3) Research Questions, (4) Study Design, (5) Sample Characteristics, (6) Outcomes, (7) Analysis Plans, and (8) Additional Materials (including contact information for study directors, references for, and links to, completed reports on the study, and systematic reviews that reference the study findings, and information on availability of study data).
Ideally the registration of a study will be completed during the design phase and subsequently be updated by an authorized member of the research team as changes in the design occur and/or findings become available. While we strongly encourage registration of studies in the design phase, in order to maximize the utility of the Registry, the Registry will accept registration of in process and completed studies. Two notable features of the Registry design include: (a) a system to track the date and explanation for all updates, and (b) a searchable and exportable database.
INTEGRATION OF DATA FROM THE WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE
Until its most recent web update, the What Works Clearinghouse maintained a Registry of Randomized Controlled Trials in Education. The registry information from that database will be integrated into the Registry for Efficacy and Effectiveness Studies. Because the new registry contains additional data fields, study directors will be encouraged to edit the imported entries to reflect changes in study design and complete data fields that are unique to this registry.
TIMELINE FOR LAUNCH
The Registry will be fully operational in late 2017. A prototype version of the Registry is currently available for internal testing. If you are interested in volunteering to register a study or to be part of our pilot test panel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the Registry, please email email@example.com.
Development of the Registry was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (Grant R305U150001).