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BES (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis) Programme - What Works Evidence
Hei Kete Raukura

SubscribeTrustworthy evidence about what works and what makes a bigger difference in education.

The touchstone of the programme is its focus on explaining and optimising influences on valued outcomes for diverse (all) learners. The series of BESs is designed to be a catalyst for systemic and ongoing improvement in education.

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What's New

The latest information from BES about using evidence to accelerate improvement in education.

BES Exemplars for Quality Teaching

The BES exemplars focus on how to make a much bigger difference in education. The BES exemplars highlight the potential for disciplined innovation to accelerate systemic improvement in areas of need in schooling.

BES What Works Spotlights

BES Spotlights provide more what works evidence to help advance valued outcomes in education



Counter-Bullying Pedagogies

What Works: Mathematics/Pāngarau

BESs and BES Cases

The main outputs of the Iterative BES Programme are Best Evidence Synthesis Iterations (BESs). Each BES is available on this page.

BES Cases from recent syntheses are user-friendly resources to support focussed professional learning.

The A3 Overview qives a quick introduction to BES/Hei Kete Raukura.

Summaries of BESs

The following International Academy of Education summaries are based on the key findings of both the Teacher Professional Learning and Development Best Evidence Synthesis and the Effective Pedagogy in Mathematics Pāngarau Best Evidence Synthesis.

System-wide improvement in education

How to bring about lasting, system-wide improvement in schooling performance?

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Research Behind the BESs

This service is for New Zealand educators working in early childhood or schooling who are seeking access to studies cited in best evidence syntheses.

NZ Education Theses Database - Te Putunga Kōrero Mātauranga o Aotearoa

The Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis Programme has commissioned the New Zealand Council for Educational Research to produce a national database of New Zealand education theses.

BES Programme Information

The Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) programme is a collaborative knowledge building strategy designed to strengthen the evidence base that informs education policy and practice in New Zealand.

Papers and Publications

Read more about the use of evidence for educational improvement.

Useful Links
(International Websites)

This page contains links to international research and international websites of interest. It also has information on the 'School Leadership in a School-home Partnership: Reading Together' Study.

Contact Us

Iterative Best Evidence
Synthesis Programme
Ministry of Education
P O Box 1666
Thorndon, Wellington 6140
New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 463-1542
Email: best.evidence@minedu.govt.nz

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