VEST Workshops and Talks

Research Talks

Each semester, the VEST program sponsors several speakers as part of the Curry Education Research Lectureship Series. Visit the lectureship website for current bios and abstracts.

Also, EdPolicyWorks hosts the Education Policy Seminar Series each semester that has similar education research talks. Visit the seminar website for current bios, abstracts and downloadable papers when available.

For both of these series, talks may have been recorded and available online. Please visit each website that links to former series with video.

Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming workshops are listed below and may be open to individuals outside of the VEST program, dependent upon space. Please email to inquire about availability. VEST fellows are required to attend.




Open Science: Open and Reproducible Research Practices
Date: Friday January 10th 2020, 9 - 2:30 PM in Bavaro Hall, Holloway Hall (rm. 116), registration starts at 8:30

Instructor(s): Center for Open Science

Description: The workshop will be a mix of theory and practice. They will present the major points from discussions of open and reproducible research while giving researchers some hands-on practice using OSF as an example of a tool designed to help them improve the openness and reproducibility of your own work. Questions addressed in this workshop include: What is reproducibility and what are the current issues and barriers? What actions in the research lifecycle can be adapted to be more reproducible? How will making my research reproducible help science and my career? How can I increase transparency in my research workflow? What is a research or data management plan and how can implement this in my research workflow? What are tools that can streamline the open and transparent practices in my research workflow? How can OSF help in my application of open and rigorous research practices? Why is preregistration important and how can preregistration and pre-analysis planning help make my research reproducible and avoid bias? How can I make my research open, share it with other researchers in my field or beyond and receive credit for my work? How can I integrate tools I use in OSF to have an efficient research workflow?


Date: Monday June 1st, and Tuesday June 2nd, 2020
Instructor: Dr. Beth Tipton, Associate Professor of Statistics at Northwestern University


Grant Writing
Date: Thursday June 11th, and Friday June 12th, 2020
Instructor: Dr. Allison Atteberry, Assistant Professor, Research & Evaluation Methods from CU-Boulder School of Education


Past Workshops

Read about past and upcoming workshops organized by IES (click on 'view past workshop/training' to see a complete list of what has been offered)


Statistical Mediation, Moderation, and Conditional Process Analysis
May 28-29th, 2019
Dr. Andrew Hayes, Ohio State University

Economic Evaluation & Cost-effectiveness Analysis
June 6-7th, 2019
Dr. Brooks Bowden from North Carolina State University

Writing Policy Memos
January 10-11th, 2019
Holly Coy, Deputy Secretary to the VA Secretary of Education

Missing Data
June 11-12th, 2018
Craig Enders, UCLA

Communicating Your Science
June 7th, 2018
Audrey Breen, University of Virginia

R follow-up
May 17th, 2018
Dr. Ben Skinner, University of Virginia

January 15-16th, 2018
Dr. Ben Skinner, University of Virginia

Data Visualization
June 26-27, 2017
Dr. Sarah Reber, UCLA

Person Centered Methods in Educational Research
January 16-17, 2017
Dr. Arya Ansari, University of Virginia

Value-Added Measures
June 2-3, 2016, 9 AM - 4 PM
Dr. Susanna Loeb, Stanford University

Application of Hierarchical Linear Models in Behavioral and Social Research
June 13-15, 2016
Dr. Allison Atteberry, University of Colorado at Boulder

Designing and Implementing Randomized Control Trials in Education Research
January 14th & January 15th, 2016,
Kelli Bird, University of Virginia

Statistical Mediation, Moderation, and Conditional Process Analysis
June 4-5, 2015
Dr. Andrew F. Hayes, the Ohio State University

Navigating the Measures of Effective Teaching Data Set
June 15th 2015 & June 16th 2015
Dr.s Julie Cohen & Lia Sandilos, University of Virginia

Using Data to Create Common Ground and Inform Decision-Making in Schools & School Districts
August 11th 2015 & August 12th 2015
James P. Connell, President of Institute for Research and Reform in Education

Dan Martin, UVA, August 7th, 2014

Social Network Analysis
Tracy Sweet (UMD), Brian Junker (CMU) & Andrew Thomas (CMU), June 23rd & 24th, 2014

Missing Data
Craig Enders, Arizona State University, May 21st & 22nd, 2014

Hierarchical Linear Modeling
Allison Atteberry, UVA, June 11-13, 2013

Elizabeth Tipton, July 8-10, 2013

Mediation and Moderation
Ross Larsen & Tashia Abry, UVA
June 11-14, 2012

What Works Clearinghouse Training
Neil Seftor, Jill Constantine, Jean Knab, Mathematica Policy Research
July 12-13, 2011

Missing Data
Ross Larsen, CASTL, UVa
June 1-7, 2011

Mixed Methods
Tom Weisner, UCLA
May 25-26, 2011

Randomized Controlled Trials in Education
Mark Conaway, UVA Biostatistics and Chris Rhoads, Northwestern University, Institute for Policy Research
May 17-18, 2010

Power Analysis
Kevin Grimm, Psychology, UC-Davis
Monday, August 3, 2009

HLM for Studying School Effects
Andy Mashburn, CASTL, UVA
June 4 and 5

Data Management
Patrick Meyer, Curry, UVA
May 21 and 22

Introduction to Longitudinal Data Analysis Using Structural Equation Modeling
Kevin Grimm, UC-Davis
June 9, 2008

Introduction to Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT's) in Education Research
Andy Mashburn, CASTL, UVA
June 16, 2008

Exploring and Using the ECLS-K Data Set
Dave Grissmer, CASTL, UVA
May 21st, 2008

Exploring and Using the NAEP Data Set
Dave Grissmer, CASTL, UVA
January 14th, 2008

Reviewing Research Articles: The How, What and When to Stop
Amy Luckner, Sonya Myers, Claire Ponitz, IES Postdoctoral Fellows, CASTL
October 26, 2007 at 10:00 i

Preparing for the Job Market
Sara Rimm-Kaufman, RPES, UVA
September 14, 2007

SPSS Workshop
Tim Curby and Lori Nathanson, IES Fellows, UVA
September 7, 2007

Exploring and Using the NAEP and ECLS-K Data Sets
Dave Grissmer, CASTL, UVA
May 14-15, 2007

Orientation to the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development Data Set
Jason Downer and Andy Mashburn, CASTL, UVA
October 20, 2006

Longitudinal Data Analysis Using Structural Equation Modeling
Kevin Grimm, Curry School of Education, UVA
August 22, 2006

Program Evaluation in the Context of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Active Learning
David Lopez, Institute for Public Research, CNA Corporation
May 15-16, 2006

Hierarchical Linear Models for Studying School Effects
Andrew Mashburn, Curry School of Education, UVA
May 16, 2005

Item Response Theory
Ryan Bowles, Department of Psychology, UVA
May 17, 2005

Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis
Emilio Ferrer, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis
August 22-24, 2005