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Clearinghouses of individual studies

This section includes a list of some of the clearinghouses currently available for educators' use in researching effective, evidence-based practices. These clearing houses provide summaries of individual studies.

In reviewing studies from these sources, regardless of how any specific clearinghouse rates evidence (and they do vary), keep handy a copy of the questions from How do I select and use evidence-based interventions?

  1. Best Evidence Encyclopedia
    Produced by the Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Covers reading, mathematics, science, comprehensive school reform, and early childhood interventions.

  2. Blueprints for Violence Prevention
    A national violence prevention initiative to identify programs that are effective in reducing adolescent violent crime, bullying, delinquency, and substance abuse.

  3. EdReports is an independent nonprofit that provides free reviews of K-12 instructional materials that focus on alignment to college and career-ready standards and other indicators of high quality as recommended by educators.

  4. ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
    A federal site providing access to many educational resources, including research.

  5. Evidence for ESSA
    Produced by the Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) at Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Focused on K-12 reading and mathematics interventions.

  6. IES REL Network
    A search engine for resources produced by the federal Institute for Education Sciences' Regional Education Laboratories.

  7. The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is an online, searchable database of interventions designed to promote mental health or to prevent or treat substance abuse and mental disorders. The registry is funded and administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  8. National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
    NTACT is a Technical Assistance and Dissemination project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). NTACT is charged with assisting stakeholders in implementing evidence-based and promising practices and predictors that promote positive post-school outcomes for all students with disabilities. Throughout the website and other resources from NTACT, effective practices and predictors have been evaluated regarding the amount, type, and quality of the research conducted.

  9. Results First Clearinghouse Database
    Produced by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; covers education, child welfare, juvenile and criminal justice, health, and other social programs.

  10. Social Programs That Work
    Developed by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy this site offers a series of papers on social programs that are backed by rigorous evidence of effectiveness.

  11. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
    Produced by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Covers a wide range of education interventions and practices from pre-K through postsecondary.

DESE will continue to update and expand this page to provide districts and schools with greater access to information about evidence-based practices from here in Massachusetts and nationwide. Please contact Kendra Winner with any suggestions or comments at (781) 338-3129 or

Last Updated: August 7, 2018
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