@IESResearch: Same Name, Broader Focus
By Ruth Neild, delegated director, Institute of Education Sciences
If you follow our @IESResearch Twitter account, you may have noticed some changes recently. Some are cosmetic — we have a new profile image, banner picture, and description:
The Institute of Education Sciences is the nation’s engine for independent #edresearch, evaluation, and statistics. Part of @usedgov. RTs ≠ endorsements.
However, these changes signal a new approach to content for this Twitter account as we seek to share and draw connections among the work that IES carries out across its four centers.
One of my main goals is to help the public better understand how IES’ varied investments work in concert to provide a critical infrastructure for education statistics, research, and evaluation in the United States. To help our stakeholders “connect the dots,” we are making @IESResearch the umbrella Twitter account for IES.
Until recently, IES did not have a main Twitter feed that provided information about all of its work. Each center had its own Twitter account, as did a number of major IES programs (for example, the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the What Works Clearinghouse). The @IESResearch Twitter feed focused mainly on our two research centers: the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research.
The new @IESResearch will continue to share information from the research centers but will also include news from IES’s other centers: the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance and the National Center for Education Statistics.
Through @IESResearch, you’ll be able to learn about IES-funded research and training programs; findings from IES evaluations of federally funded programs; statistical reports and data releases; and the work of programs like the Regional Educational Laboratories, the What Works Clearinghouse, The National Forum on Education Statistics, State Longitudinal Data Systems, and much more. We hope that @IESResearch will become your one-stop Twitter feed for all things IES, as we seek to connect high-quality research, evaluation, and statistics to policy and practice.
As part of this transition to “one IES,” we will keep some Twitter feeds and end others. At the end of February, we will stop posting to the @IES_NCEE account. IES Twitter feeds with specialized audiences will remain in place, including NCES (@EdNCES), the What Works Clearinghouse (@WhatWorksEd), and ERIC (@ERICInfo).
In the coming months, we will introduce other communications upgrades, such as redesigned website, increased blogging, new videos, and more social media outreach. If you have thoughts, ideas, or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can contact Dana Tofig, our communications director, or ping him on Twitter at @dtofig.