In 2020, the Foundation for Child Development released Getting it Right: Using Implementation Research to Improve Outcomes in Early Care and Education. The publication provides insights into the value of including implementation research in the study of early care and education (ECE) and its potential to improve programs and policies and achieve stronger outcomes for all young children. As more programs are brought to scale, our ability to achieve greater impacts for all young children rests on a more nuanced understanding of the context in which ECE programs and policies are being implemented locally and the different impacts on specific subgroups of children. As a result, now is the moment for ECE researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to identify the critical components of effective ECE programs and policies and engage in meaningful exploration of what works, for whom, and under what conditions. This conversation guide was created to help faculty in institutions of higher education use Getting it Right as a resource in the preparation of future researchers to conduct implementation research. This guide supports higher education faculty to initiate and sustain conversations with students about effective early care and education, what still needs to be learned, and how implementation research can help fill the gaps. This guide focuses on faculty who are teaching a variety of courses, such as research design and methods, program evaluation, and statistics. (author abstract)
Getting it right: The conversation guide for preparing the next generation of implementation researchers
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