Webinar: Using the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Database to Support Data Collection for Meta-Analyses

Description: This webinar will guide researchers on how to use information from the WWC website (https://whatworks.ed.gov/) to obtain study-specific data that can be incorporated into a meta-analysis. The presentation will provide a general overview of the key steps in conducting a meta-analysis, and discuss how researchers can utilize WWC resources during nearly every step of the process. In particular, the webinar will discuss exporting study-specific details from the WWC individual studies database, including data such as effect sizes that may not be available in originally published reports. The presentation will also demonstrate how to extract information from WWC exportable files and conduct meta-analyses using R, a free and flexible statistical software package.

Audience: This presentation is aimed at researchers who have a general understanding of meta-analytic techniques and familiarity with the WWC website and its offerings (general videos and briefs are available on the WWC website).

Type: Workshop/Training & Technical Assistance

Date: July 27, 2017 from 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

Type: Workshop/Training & Technical Assistance
Location: Webinar
Register for the webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8948182252293118978


Edmund, and others,

The What Works Clearinghouse website (https://whatworks.ed.gov/) has been around for several years, and it now has an impressive number of evidence-based studies for K-12 and post-secondary education. In its early years there was also a What Works Clearinghouse category for adult basic skills education that was soon discontinued, I was told, because there weren't any studies in adult basic skills education that met U.S. Department of Education evidence-based standards. Those of us who believe that evidence-based practices are important, and that we should be using them, were disappointed. This happened about the time that Congress eliminated funding for a national adult education research center and, as a result, when the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL), sponsored by Harvard University and World Education, had to close its doors.

David J. Rosen