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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.

Education Media Centre breaks new ground

The Education Media Centre, which was created by CEBE, has taken further steps to improve the quality of news reporting on the education with the launch of a series of free regional events for education researchers and press officers.

More than 40 education academics and press officers from universities in the North, including Sheffield, Durham and York, attended the first event on March 12th at Durham University. They were given insights into working with news media and how education research is covered in the news, and had the opportunity to explore issues including:

NFER joins the secretariat of the Coalition for Evidence-based Education

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), one of the UK’s leading independent research organisations, has become a partner in the Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE), working with the Institute for Effective Education to provide CEBE’s secretariat. CEBE is an alliance of researchers, policymakers and practitioners who are interested in improving the way research evidence is accessed and used across the sector. Its aim is to provide a platform to share ideas, set up new collaborative projects and host events.

The Literacy Octopus reaches out to help primary schools

A major new initiative will help teachers improve pupils’ Key Stage 2 literacy through the exploration of a range of evidence-based approaches based on the latest research findings.