Gordon, Nora, and Carrie Conaway, Common-Sense Evidence: The Education Leader's Guide to Using Data and Research. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2020.


Provides a step-by step guide for identifying a problem of practice, finding relevant research on the problem, and determining how relevant and convincing the research is; identifies the limitations to the "evidence-based" requirement in ESSA 2015; discusses how to build evidence from your own data, how to communicate and interpret your evidence, and how to organize to use evidence; particular examples are given throughout.

Broad Topical Focus

Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice, Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay, Action Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Knowledge Linkage, Knowledge Utilization


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