Common-Sense Evidence

Common-Sense Evidence The Education Leader’s Guide to Using Data and Research

Nora Gordon and Carrie Conaway
paper, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: August 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-505-9
Price: $33.00

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cloth, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: August 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-506-6
Price: $62.00

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Written by two leading experts in education research and policy, Common-Sense Evidence is a concise, accessible guide that helps education leaders find and interpret data and research, and then put that knowledge into action.


Common-Sense Evidence is a breath of fresh air in a policy context that narrowly and, largely unsuccessfully, has privileged particular kinds of evidence and particular kinds of use. Gordon and Conaway empower education leaders with expert guidance on finding, creating, and using evidence in ways that actually meets their needs. Through explanation, example, and tools, the book is direct, actionable, and elevates the user to the center of the research use agenda. — Elizabeth N. Farley-Ripple, associate professor and director of Partnership for Public Education, University of Delaware

Bridging the connection between research and real-world practice is a critical need, but there are very few tools to show us how. Common-Sense Evidence is a practical guide for unpacking problems and making research more intuitive and accessible for educators. It gives us a process for understanding how to take what we learn and apply it, so research can actually improve the work of teachers and leaders. — Candice McQueen, chief executive officer, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, former Tennessee Commissioner of Education

Policy makers and practitioners need evidence to make decisions. But the available evidence base is often overwhelming, and there’s frequently a disconnect between the evidence that leaders need and what researchers produce. In this must-read book, Nora Gordon and Carrie Conaway—trailblazers in connecting leaders with research—demystify the research process. And, even more importantly, they give leaders the power to build and nurture truly evidence-driven learning organizations. — David Figlio, Orrington Lunt Professor and Dean, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

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About the Authors

Nora Gordon is an associate professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Carrie Conaway is a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Table of Contents


Interview with Carrie Conaway

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