Deadline: March 1, 2018

Agency/Sponsor: US Department of Education

Website: https://ies.ed.gov/ncser/projects/program.asp?ProgID=89

The Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions (Low-Cost Evaluation) grant program is designed to support rigorous evaluations of interventions that state and/or local education agencies (or other state or local agencies that oversee early intervention services; see Part I.C. Applicant Requirements) expect to produce meaningful improvements in education outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with or at risk for a disability within a short period (for example, within a single semester or academic year). These evaluations are to be conducted for $250,000 or less and completed within two years. The evaluations will use randomized controlled trials or regression discontinuity designs to determine the impact of special education interventions on student education outcomes, and will rely on administrative data or other sources of secondary data to provide measures of these student outcomes.

Applicants may propose to evaluate interventions intended to improve a range of outcomes for children and youth with or at risk for a disability, including infants, toddlers, and children/students in preschool through Grade 12.1 The Institute is not specifying categories of interventions beyond those that can be evaluated in a timely fashion and are of high importance to the agency. Note that the costs of interventions and their implementation are to be covered by the state or local agency; they will not be covered by this grant program. Applicants must demonstrate that the intervention will be in operation during the first year of the project and that they will obtain and analyze data from that year.

Funds: maximum budget request of $250,000 and a maximum grant duration of 2 years

Optional Letters of Intent are due January 11, 2018. Please see the IES website for more information concerning the LOI.



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