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With this brief, we’ll give you the background on: why schools and districts are asking, more than ever before, about evidence of your product’s success before they commit to using it; how to responsibly address these questions through an evaluation of your product, including key considerations before engaging in evaluation and what to expect during the evaluation process; best practices for ensuring the evaluation of your product is insightful and actionable; and the types of evaluation necessary to use federal funds to purchase.

This McREL issue brief was prepared by Faith Connolly, Mathias Smrekar, and Hsiang-Yeh Ho in May, 2020.

McREL is a non-profit, non-partisan education research and development organization that since 1966 has turned knowledge about what works in education into practical, effective guidance and training for teachers and education leaders across the U.S. and around the world.