Designing effective, scalable, and sustainable policies and programs in education is challenging. Programs that work in one setting may not work in another. Programs supported through grants may not last once funding ends. Many programs require more resources and know-how than individual researchers and educators can provide to make them work for all students.

Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR) is an approach to organizing research and development intended to address these challenges. It is an emerging approach to relating research and practice that is collaborative, iterative, and grounded in systematic inquiry. DBIR builds the capacity of systems to engage in continuous improvement, so that we can accomplish the transformation of teaching and learning we seek.

This web site provides resources and links to help you learn about DBIR. It is aimed at both researchers and educational leaders in schools, districts, and out of school settings. There are case examples, as well as specific tools and routines for organizing research and development projects that maintain integrity to the four principles of DBIR.

This is an introduction to DBIR from Bill Penuel and colleagues, jointly produced with the Research + Practice Collaboratory.

Introductory Papers

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