Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences

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


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 30, 2022
  • ITP Ed Sciences: Dr. Rob Olsen

    September 30, 2022  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    259 Educational Sciences

    Dr. Rob Olsen
    George Washington Institute for Education Policy

    Well-designed impact evaluations of educational interventions produce rigorous evidence of their causal effects. However, evaluations of educational interventions are often conducted in purposive or convenience samples of schools that are not designed to represent the populations that policymakers care about. This presentation will introduce participants to methods that can be used to assess the representativeness of an impact study sample to the population of interest. It will also introduce methods for improving the generalizability of the impact study findings, including methods for re-weighting the sample to more closely resemble the population. The presentation will focus on Recommendations 5 and 6 from a new guide to generalizability for education researchers that our presenter co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth Tipton from Northwestern University.

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October 6, 2022
  • NAEd/Spencer dissertation fellowship deadline

    October 6, 2022

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Coursework: ITP Seminar

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