Latest News & Updates

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.

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.