EDC’s staff provides expertise in education and social science research. We design and conduct large-scale randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental evaluations, research syntheses, and secondary data analyses.

Our staff also has extensive experience in conducting surveys and formative and marketing research, including focus groups and interviews. Findings are used to inform policy and program strategies as well as to identify communication strategies, provide input on how programs are working, and determine what actions are needed to promote education, health, and livelihoods.


Resources

Here are a few of our resources on research. To see more, visit our Resources section.
Reports

This is the summary of a report that presents the results of a first-of-its-kind national survey of parents, who were asked about the types of early science educational activities they do with their young children.

Reports

To promote optimal development, each Head Start program plans, implements, and evaluates actions that provide safe environments for children to be active and competent learners.

Digital games

EDC developed four online games for middle school science students that address common misconceptions about photosynthesis, heredity, electricity, and heat transfer.

Studies

This suite of research briefs created by EDC supports research-based implementation of 1-to-1 mobile tablet initiatives in elementary classrooms.

Websites

The Possible Worlds website offers free digital games and instructional resources to help middle school science teachers address students’ persistent misconceptions.

Resource libraries

This resource library contains research, presentations, and white papers developed by EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI), which is dedicated to transforming education to help individuals succeed

Reports

EDC and SRI International conducted an independent study of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) KIDS Play & Learn Science app, which includes in-app and direct hands-on science explorations for children ages 3 to 6 and their parents.

Resource libraries

This resource library contains research publications, policy briefs, toolkits, and reports produced by researchers at the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands at EDC.

Reports

Conducted by EDC and SRI International, the study’s goal was to understand the extent to which providing access to media resources focused on critical science and engineering concepts can help children living in low-income households learn.