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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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

ESE 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 send any suggestions or comments to

Last Updated: November 8, 2017
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