The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and its Jefferson Education Accelerator are creating the first ever comprehensive catalog of education researchers in the country. By centralizing information about academic researchers in an easily navigable and freely available database, NERD will enable school leaders and education-focused innovators and investors seeking expert perspective and technical expertise to find researchers and involve them in their systems and processes. The goal of NERD is to facilitate engagement between unlikely collaborators in the education community in order to elevate merit over marketing and increase the use of evidence in decision making.
The database is being built by a team of technical experts under the guidance of NERD’s National Advisory Board, a diverse group of potential users made up of leading educators and education-focused researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors. NERD version 1.0 is expected to launch in fall 2017.
This project is made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.