Doing What Works


Doing What Works (DWW) is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. DWW is dedicated to helping educators identify and make use of effective teaching practices

DWW is led by the Office of Planning, Evaluation & Policy Development (OPEPD) at the U.S. Department of Education. OPEPD relies on the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education (IES) (and occasionally other entities that adhere to standards similar to those of IES) to evaluate and recommend practices that are supported by rigorous research.

Much of the DWW content is based on IES’ What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). The WWC evaluates research on practices and interventions to let the education community know what is likely to work. For each practice, it issues a guide and/or an intervention report that describes what the practice involves and what the research says. In addition, some DWW content is based on other information and materials from IES.

Then, DWW provides examples of possible ways educators might apply those research findings, but these are not necessarily the only ways to carry out these teaching practices. Importantly, the examples provided on DWW – including any products named in school materials or found on websites referenced on DWW – should not be construed as an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any products, programs, or curricula.

Finally, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Office of English Language Acquisition, and other Departmental offices help to disseminate the tools and resources so that research-based practices can be implemented in our nation’s classrooms.