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NAEPDC Resources from the 2002 National Training Institute (NTI) for State Directors of Adult Education

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Integrating Research Findings into State Systems to
Improve Policies and Practices

The featured training focused on Integrating Research Findings into State Systems to Improve Policies and Practice.  These sessions were designed by NAEPDC (Lennox L. McLendon, Kathi Polis, and Linda Warner) and NCSALL (Cris Smith, Beth Bingman, and John Comings) with advice from the NAEPDC Professional Development Committee.  From that training, the following resources are available.

Research to Policy to Practice Working Agenda:  The working agenda details the training in accessing, understanding, judging and using research findings.  For states that wish to replicate such a training institute, this agenda will serve as a starting point for planning.  The following specific resources are also available.

It's All About Program Improvement:  Much of NAEPDC's focus is on helping states build capacity to continually improve their services and systems.  This presentation by Lennox McLendon points out the three continuous improvement starting points:  Self Assessment, Data Analysis, and Research Findings.  The Trident depicts those starting points integrated into a Going to Scale Process.

The Trident:  The Trident is a pictorial of the three starting points for continuous improvement (Self Assessment, Data Analysis, and Research Findings) as initiation points for a going to scale process.

Adult Research Coordinating Committee:  The ARCC  is one option a state might use for establishing a structure to access and understand research findings.  It depicts how one state worked with a university to develop a workgroup to regularly examine and recommend findings to the state director.

Research 101 - Becoming a Consumer of Research:  John Comings, Director of the National Center for the Study of Adult Literacy and Learning (NCSALL) (  reviewed the types of research and how each can be used.  His PowerPoint presentation is included here.

What NCSALL Has Learned:  The first five years:  John Comings, Director of NCSALL ( presented an overview of the lessons learned from the first five years of NSCALL research.  The PowerPoint presentation captures those findings.

Scenarios of Using Research:  In order to see how the entire process works, these three scenarios depict states beginning with research findings and carrying each through the going to scale process.

Action Agenda:  These documents were used by participants to develop an action agenda for integrating research findings in their home states.

State Directors' Research Notes:  State Directors rarely have time to peruse research reports.  The Research Notes are one page synopses of nine research projects that give the State Director the information needed to determine if findings are  relevant to the state's work and if she/he should assign someone to investigate it further.

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