Latest News & Updates

Leading Research Engagement In Education

On April 4th 2017, the Coalition for Evidence Based Education (CEBE) launched its newest publication, Leading Research Engagement in Education, at UCL’s Institute of Education.

Making good use of research has the potential to improve education provision. Teachers are increasingly expected to use research to improve their practice but there is little guidance available on the process by which a school can become research-engaged.

New editor wanted for Evidence & Policy

The journal Evidence & Policy is inviting applications for a new editor, or co-editors, to take over from the current editorial team in January 2018.  Ev&P is the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to comprehensive and critical assessment of the relationship between research evidence and the concerns of policy makers and practitioners, as well as researchers.  The journal is international and cross disciplinary.

School-University Knowledge Exchange Schemes (SUKES)

A project team within the EIPPEE Network continues to study schemes in various EU countries in which universities, schools (and sometimes municipal authorities) work in partnership to address problems of practice. A paper about their work on challenges and success factors, drawing on a survey, case studies and theoretical models, has recently been published in the journal Evidence and Policy.

What Works Global Summit

The Campbell Collaboration, the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (Queen's University Belfast), the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and Sense about Science are running the first What Works Global Summit in London. The event runs from 26-28 September (with pre-conference workshops on 24-25 September) and addresses evidence-informed policy globally across all sectors, with active participation from both producers and users of evidence. Among the many sessions are:

Royal Society and British Academy launch call for evidence on education research

The British Academy and the Royal Society have launched a project to investigate the opportunities and challenges for teachers, researchers and policy-makers as the key actors at a time when the demand for educational research is growing whilst the research capacity appears to be shrinking. They have also launched a Call for views and would welcome evidence from anyone who works with educational research, who manages or who is a user of educational research.

What works to increase research use?

A new systematic review from the EPPI-Centre at the Institute of Education looks at what works to increase research use by decision-makers. The review included 23 reviews whose relevance and methodological quality were judged appropriate.

There was reliable evidence that the following were effective:

Call for papers on evidence-informed practice

Professor Carol Campbell (Knowledge Network for Applied Educational Research) and Julie Nelson (NFER) co-hosted a round-table discussion at the International Congress for School Improvement and Effectiveness, and simultaneously issued a call for papers for a special issue of Educational Research on evidence-informed practice in education.

Evidence for the Frontline starts work

The CEBE project Evidence for the Frontline has got off to a flying start, led by Sandringham School and the Institute for Effective Education and supported by the EEF. During the summer term, 12 developer schools worked together to design a specification for an online platform to connect teachers with researchers. The site was launched in September with the 12 developer schools, plus an additional 20 pilot schools. Schools have been drawn from across the country, and include primary, secondary, middle, all-through and special schools.

Education Media Centre celebrates second anniversary

The Education Media Centre celebrates is second anniversary this month. Designed and created by CEBE, this Centre continues to link journalists with research evidence on key issues arising in the news. Having helped set it up, Sue Littlemore has moved on to a post as adviser to a Vice Chancellor and has been replaced as Chief Executive by Fran Abrams. Widely known for her File on Four radio broadcasts, Fran has also been heavily involved in mediating academic research to the public via the internet.

Evidence for the Frontline receives EEF support

Work begins in earnest this spring to promote the use of research-based evidence more effectively in schools, following the agreement of the Education Endowment Foundation to support the work of Evidence for the Frontline.