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HEDCO Institute
for Evidence-Based Educational Practice 

Dedicated to strengthening connections between research and practice in K-12 education

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The HEDCO Institute for Evidence-Based Educational Practice aims to impact future generations by supporting today’s educators.

Using the latest tools and methods to conduct rigorous evidence syntheses that meet the rapid decision-making needs of education leaders, we translate the findings from existing research on the most pressing issues into digestible summaries and practical guides. We provide education leaders with up-to-date, trustworthy information to support the implementation of evidence-based practices aimed at promoting healthy students and schools.

Our Mission

To provide K-12 education and policy leaders in the United States with relevant, accessible, valid, and reliable information about the latest research so they can implement evidence-informed practices and policies that promote the physical, mental, and social well-being of students, schools, and communities.

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Better Evidence, Faster

Quality research takes time, but putting the best evidence into action shouldn’t. Our rapid evidence reviews use innovative techniques to streamline the process of analyzing large bodies of research, resulting in recommendations that can quickly address the most pressing issues in education; you don’t have to wait to use the latest research in your schools.

What is evidence synthesis?

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A team of researchers and educators

“The HEDCO Institute aims to provide the public with timely, trusted information about best practices for promoting healthy students and schools. Our work is made possible by the stellar team of educators, communicators, and researchers who partner with us to support evidence-informed educational practice” 

- Dr. Emily Tanner-Smith, Executive Director

Meet Our Team

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A legacy of education

The HEDCO Institute is proud to be part of the College of Education at the University of Oregon, which has a decades-long record of national and international research and development in special education, counseling psychology, educational leadership, and school psychology. The College of Education has a highly influential research culture, because our faculty have a long tradition of translating research into effective models, methods, and measures that improve lives.

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Latest news 

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The HEDCO Institute for Evidence-Based Educational Practices is conducting a review of depression prevention programs in K-12 schools. The review was commissioned by The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health, and the results of the analysis will be out in early 2023.

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Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural Undergraduate Scholars Program in the HEDCO Institute for Evidence-Based Educational Practice. The program is for students interested in working in an innovative startup environment to develop skills in educational research, communication or stakeholder engagement. Students across all majors are encouraged to apply.
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The HEDCO Institute for Evidence-Based Educational Practice will assess the body of available research evidence on the most pressing issues in education and provide school leaders with guidance about the most effective policies, programs and practices to enable the success and well-being of students.