The Use of Evidence in Policy
This page brings together a range of resources to inform the use of evidence in policy.
Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis Programme | Evidence Based Policy Project Report
The Iterative BES Evidence-based Policy Project was developed as a change management pilot project.
It sought to examine factors influencing the relationship between research and policy practices. The findings are presented here by Penny Moore (2006).
International approaches to promoting evidence-based policy
Dr Ashley Lenihan, Fellow of the London School of Economics, makes recommendations about effectively promoting evidence-based policy. See her perspective on the BES Programme on page 10 of Lessons from Abroad.
The use of evidence to improve education and serve the public good
This paper was prepared by Adrienne Alton-Lee for the New Zealand Ministry of Education and the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
Advancing the use of evidence to improve educational policy and practice
David Gough, Professor of Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice, University of London, presents in Wellington, New Zealand on the use of evidence for decision making, research production and synthesis, interpretation and application of research, and systems and procedures.
Watch David Gough's presentation with accompanying slides.
(Using evidence for educational improvement
This article was published in the Cambridge Journal of Education.
Develop smart policy and curriculum documents to support educational improvement
This case provides educational leaders and policy makers with six criteria for the development of policy and curriculum documents. The criteria are elaborated on and supported with examples.
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CUREE is an internationally acknolwedged centre of expertise in evidence-based practice in all sectors of education.
The EIPPEE Network is made up of organisations and individuals working together in groups on specific aspects of the use of evidence, including partnership work on the BES programme. They work in dozens of countries and communicate mainly electronically and occasionally by meeting.
Teaching and Learning Toolkit - What is the toolkit?
The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching Learning Toolkit is an independent UK resource which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. The Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research. It currently covers 21 topics, each summarised in terms of their potential impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them, their cost, and their applicability.
Alton-Lee, A. (2011). (Using) evidence for educational improvementCambridge Journal of Education, 41:3, 303-329.
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Alton-Lee, A. (2010).Brief Comment in ResponseJournal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice, Vol 25, No.1 67-68.
The Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice published a special issue focused on the 'School Leadership and Student Outcomes Best Evidence Synthesis (BES)'. In this article the Chief Education Advisor BES responds to a range of issues raised by contributors.
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Alton-Lee, A. (2008).Chapter 13: Making a bigger difference for diverse learners.The Education of Diverse Populations: A Global Perspective. The Netherlands: Springer Science and Business Media.The Iterative Best Evidence synthesis Programme in New Zealand. in G. Wan, (Ed.).
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Timperley, H., & Alton-Lee, A. (2008).Reframing teacher professional learning: An alternative policy approachto strengthening valued outcomes for diverse learners. Review of Research in Education 32, 328-369.
This paper discusses significant findings from the Teacher Professional Learning and Development best evidence synthesis and their application to increasing the effectiveness of teacher professional learning that will enable improved outcomes for diverse learners.
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Alton-Lee, A. (2007). The Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis Programme: Collaborative knowledge building and use across research, policy and practice in education. In CERI Evidence in Education: Linking research and policy. Paris: OECD. This paper provides an in-depth discussion of the application of best evidence synthesis findings to research, policy and practice in education.
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31st Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium: 'Education in a Pacific Circle Context: Educational Outcomes for the Twenty-first Century', 25-29 June 2007, Hawaii.The Pacific Circle Consortium.
4th Annual Policy Conference: Policy Evolution, 29 March, 2006. 31st Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium: 'Education in a Pacific Circle Context: Educational Outcomes for the Twenty-first Century', 25-29 June 2007, Hawaii.The Pacific Circle Consortium.
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