Evidence and Rigor: Scrutinizing the Rhetorical Embrace of Evidence-Based Decision Making

Bruce Baker, Kevin G. Welner

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Abstract

The nation's lawmakers have frequently voiced the basic principle that important policy decisions should be evidence based. In this commentary, the authors describe the approach the U.S. Department of Education has taken in its Increasing Educational Productivity project. The authors argue that the department's actual practice in this instance has fallen short of the rhetorical embrace of evidence-based decision making, and they explain the potential harm done when leaders do not heed the importance of grounding policy in high-quality research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-101
Number of pages4
JournalEducational Researcher
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

Keywords

  • econometric analysis
  • educational policy
  • educational reform
  • finance
  • research utilization

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