Type: Public event

Three Rs of (education) policy research: relevance, rigor, and relationships


William Corrin, Director of K-12 Education, MDRC

Date & time

Mar 29, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

RSVP by 12:30 pm on Monday, March 28.

In his work over the past couple of decades, William Corrin has sought to contribute to the improvement of education through the application of research. In the course of this work, he found himself reflecting repeatedly on three concepts that have mattered for doing this work well: relevance, rigor, and relationships. In this presentation, he will discuss these three concepts, their interdependence, and how they connect to doing meaningful and sustainable education research.

EPI is proud to present a series of education policy talks given by esteemed researchers, policy makers, and / or practitioners.

About the speaker

William Corrin is the Director, K-12 Education, for MDRC. Corrin came to MDRC in 2004 and has been leading experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of reforms and interventions at the secondary school level. He is currently leading a national evaluation of Academic Language Interventions. In addition, he is leading an implementation study and the evaluation design phase of the CareerWise Colorado apprenticeship-program model. Corrin led a national evaluation of Communities In Schools’ whole-school and targeted services that seek to reduce dropout rates and increase the school persistence of young people and directed the national experimental evaluation of the Diplomas Now secondary school reform program. He has also led two random assignment evaluations of adolescent literacy interventions. He directed the Evaluation of the Content Literacy Continuum, a literacy-across-the-curriculum framework for high school reform, and the Enhanced Reading Opportunities Study, an evaluation of supplemental reading classes for ninth-graders. In addition, Corrin has participated in MDRC’s work on college-readiness programs in high schools, and leads MDRC’s K-12 Education Policy Area.

About MDRCMDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation ratesWe design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. We work as an intermediary, bringing together public and private funders to test new policy-relevant ideas, and communicate what we learn to policymakers and practitioners — all with the goal of improving the lives of low-income individuals, families, and children.