From Diversifying Economic Quality: A Wiki for Instructors and Departments
Shouldn't economists, of all people, should be using evidence-based teaching methods?
Run a randomized control trial (RCT) of a teaching strategy in your department or beyond. RCTs are the gold standard in producing evidence of effectiveness.
You can find many research topics right here on Div.E.Q. We need more definitive evidence of the effectiveness and inclusiveness of the tips and strategies summarized here.
For guidance on the design and conduct of randomized evaluations, see The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Institute for Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education. The IES also offers a Reporting Guide for Study Authors. A book by Rachel Glennester and Kudzai Takavarasha, Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide, is now available and reviewed by Markus Goldstein. Sandy Baum and Michael McPherson offer their keen insight on using RCT's in education to test ideas rather than treatments.
You may also wish to consult The National Center for Research in Economic Education, "a resource for those seeking assistance with research and evaluation projects in economic education."