RSF author, former trustee, and former visiting scholar Larry Hedges (Northwestern University) has been awarded the the 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Research for his groundbreaking development of statistical methods for meta-analysis, which allows social scientists to combine data from many small studies to get a more accurate understanding of the impact of a particular factor on a given outcome than could an analysis of the individual studies taken alone. The Yidan Prize, established in 2016, is the world’s largest prize in education and recognizes distinguished contributions to education research each year.
Hedges is co-editor of the RSF book The Handbook of Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis, which is the most cited reference in the field of meta-analysis, and a contributor to Meta-Analysis for Explanation and The Future of Meta-Analysis. He was a member of RSF’s board of trustees from 2002-2012, a visiting scholar during the 2013-2014 academic year, and is the recipient of multiple grants from the foundation. At Northwestern University, he is one of eight Board of Trustees Professors and also holds appointments in statistics, psychology, and education and social policy.