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Evaluation research is the application of social research procedures to test the impact of a program or intervention. For example, evaluation research may test the effectiveness of an intelligent tutoring system in improving sixth-grade math scores. Evaluation research became important in the 1960s with the expansion of social welfare programs and has continued to grow and expand to the modern day. This is a particularly true in the field of educational technology, where both the complexity and range of use has been rapidly evolving, with new concepts and programs requiring empirical evidence of success. In fact, since 2002, the U.S. Department of Education through the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) has funded over 100 research projects focused on the use of education technology.

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