Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences

Training researchers whose evidence-based results will help inform education policy and practice.

ITP Fellows group photo


The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences (ITP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of a network of pre-doctoral training programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The ITP is preparing a new generation of outstanding education science scholars by training them in methods of causal inference in the social sciences, engaging them in a weekly seminar and supporting their translational research through a variety of internship opportunities. The community of faculty and Ph.D.-level researchers that work with ITP Fellows come from academic departments in education, social work and across the social sciences. Fellows join an interdisciplinary research community including doctoral students in economics, political science, psychology, social welfare, sociology, educational leadership & policy analysis, educational policy studies and educational psychology.

Upcoming Events

September 24, 2021
  • ITP Ed Sciences: Dr. Karen Bogenschneider

    September 24, 2021  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    259 Educational Sciences

    Dr. Karen Bogenschneider

    Required Readings

    "Engaging Policymakers: Best Practices From Those Who Study It and Do It"

    KarenBogenschneider is a Rothermel-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Human Ecology at theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison. Since its inception in 1992 through 2016, Dr. Bogenschneiderserved as director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars–a series ofpresentations, briefing reports, and discussion sessions that communicatehigh-quality, nonpartisan research to state policymakers. From 1999-2014,she served as Executive Director of the Family Impact Institute that providedtraining and technical assistance to about two dozen states that conducted over225 Family Impact Seminars. The second edition was just released of Prof.Bogenschneider’s and Tom Corbett’s book, Evidence-BasedPolicymaking: Envisioning a New Era of Theory, Research, and Practice, andher book, Family Policy Matters is inits third edition. She hasconducted five national trainings for researchers interested in working withpolicymakers and 16 trainings for faculty directors of the Family ImpactSeminars. She has received a number of awards for her research and outreach,including being honoredby the Wisconsin State Legislature for her service to the state. She recently servedon a National Academy of Science round table on the communication and applicationof social and behavioral science research.

    See more details

October 1, 2021
  • Carl Frederick, Annalee Good, Beth Vaade

    October 1, 2021  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    259 Educational Sciences

    Carl Frederick (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)
    Annalee Good (Wisconsin Center for Education Research)
    Beth Vaade (Madison Metropolitan School District)

    "Partnerships in Times of Transition: Challenges and Opportunities"

    See more details

Coursework: ITP Seminar

This project is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education.