The University of Michigan?s (U-M) Institute for Social Research (ISR) is prepared to work in cooperation with the National Academy of Education to develop a proposal for implementation of a grants program for early career researchers. The grants program to be proposed would allow early career researchers to conduct secondary data analyses using the resources of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database. The proposed PI?s for this work at U-M will be Brian Rowan and George Alter. The proposed PI at the National Academy of Education will be Gregory White (Executive Director).
With a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, U-M?s ICPSR is currently archiving quantitative and video data from the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) study and will be prepared to make that data available to authorized researchers through operation of a secure data enclave known as the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (hereafter, MET LDB). In order to stimulate use of that database and build the capacity of the education research community to conduct impactful research on teaching effectiveness, the W.T. Grant Foundation and the Spencer Foundation are in the process of authorizing U-M to fund a program of secondary data analyses of MET LDB data. The provisional plan is for U-M to use $250,000 from the two foundations to make about 10 one-year awards of about $25,000 each to early career education researchers. These researchers would then use that funding to conduct secondary analyses of MET LDB data.