Goals and Overview


With support from a grant from the National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, Michigan State University and Northwestern University will be conducting the 2014 Research Design Workshop for Faculty from Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The Research Design Workshop for Faculty from MSIs will take place from July 21–23 and aims to provide an introduction to the basics of quantitative research design and analysis used in education research and development. It also provides participants with a conventional set of terminology and perspectives that are widely used in the quantitative education research community. This workshop focuses primarily on exploratory and efficacy research and therefore will not cover the entire range of research methods supported by IES. MSI Faculty seeking advanced, in-depth training on evaluating the impact of education interventions should apply instead for the Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials, which is taking place from July 7–17.

By the end of the two-and-a-half day workshop, participants will have received a basic understanding of the fundamentals of research designs, threats to validity of estimates, fundamentals of regression, and a brief introduction to hierarchical linear modeling.

The intended audience is the group of faculty in minority-serving institutions who may wish to become involved with IES research but have not yet done so. This workshop introduces them to the IES research community and its research culture. Read here for more information about the types of research projects IES supports.