This is the goal this fascinating article and worth reading discuss on why Bill Gates Foundation should "never trust what anyone who in education tells" them.
From D-Ed Reckoning on what works in education research:
- "Type 1 approach. The most obvious way would be to ask and check. Because successful applications have been created by design, ask the designer of the successful program what the variables are that the design controls and why. The answers imply tidy, controlled experiments that involve systematic investigation of the designer’s assertions." [Science Versus Basic Educational Research, Siegfried Engelmann, 2003]
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