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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.

Update on EMC impact

The Education Media Centre has gone from strength to strength in an astonishingly short time since it was officially launched last autumn. The CEBE creation has become the centre of choice for organisations such as the OECD when launching educational reports.

Update on impact of EIPPEE conference in Oslo

Will the UK decide to create a national Evidence Centre for Education akin to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)? The 2014 EIPPEE conference in Oslo, Finding a way... to facilitate the better use of research in education, demonstrated how such knowledge centres are working in Norway and Denmark where research is identified as a powerful tool for educational advancement.

Front-line research breakthrough for EEF

Four major trials were announced by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in June to investigate the best ways of getting teachers to engage with research and improve pupil attainment. The initiative involving 8,000 schools across England will cost around £1.8m and is the first time the government has spent money on practical trials in schools.

NFER and knowledge mobilisation

The NFER review of knowledge mobilisation points to several significant hurdles preventing teachers engaging with research evidence to transform learning, but it also gives a clear indication of how to overcome such obstacles.

EIPPEE initiative leads to permanent international network

A three-year international programme to enhance the use of research evidence as an essential aspect of efforts to improve education has resulted in the creation of a permanent network to continue the work. Three years ago, 18 partners from 10 European countries joined a project on evidence in education, set up by the EPPI Centre at the Institute of Education in London and funded by the European Commission.

New Alliance for Useful Evidence report on 'Evidence-informed practice'

Evidence for the Frontline: A report for the Alliance for Useful Evidence

A new paper explores what can be drawn from the advances in a range of fields to mobilise research knowledge more effectively across social policy and practice.

Research into effective use of pupil premium published by Ofsted, IPPR and the Sutton Trust

An abundance of research and inspection evidence on the effectiveness of school spending on the pupil premium has been published in recent weeks, including reports from Ofsted (http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/pupil-premium), IPPR (http://www.ippr.org/articles/56/10277/maximising-the-pupil-premium), and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Sutton Trust.

New report by Carol Campbell and Ben Levin on using research to inform practice

The urgent need to build strong connections between school teachers and researchers was a much debated theme at threeEducation Endowment Foundation events last autumn.