Doing What Works (DWW) is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of DWW is to create an online library of resources that may help teachers, schools, districts, states and technical assistance providers implement research-based instructional practice.
DWW is led by the Office of Planning, Evaluation & Policy Development
(OPEPD) at the U.S. Department of Education. OPEPD relies on the Institute of Education Sciences
(IES) at the U.S. Department of Education (and occasionally other entities that adhere to standards similar to those of IES) to evaluate and recommend practices that are supported by rigorous research.
Much of the DWW content is based on information from IES’ What Works Clearinghouse
(WWC). The WWC evaluates research on practices and interventions to let the education community know what is likely to work. For each practice, it issues a guide and/or an intervention report that describes what the practice involves and what the research says. In addition, some DWW content is based on other information and materials from IES.
Then, DWW provides examples of possible ways educators might apply those research findings, but these are not necessarily the only ways to carry out these teaching practices. It’s important to note that the examples provided on DWW – including any products named in school materials or found on websites referenced on DWW – should not be construed as an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any products, programs, or curricula.
Finally, various Departmental offices help to disseminate the tools and resources on DWW so that research-based practices can be implemented in our nation’s classrooms.
The Doing What Works staff would also like to recognize the contractors that support the DWW website: WestEd, in partnership with the American Institutes for Research and RMC Research Corporation, and Little Planet Learning. Without their tireless efforts, this website would not be possible.