Evidence Explained


Read more about the use of evidence for educational improvement.

Latest Presentation


Alton-Lee, A. (2015, September).  Disciplined innovation for equity and excellence in education: Learning from Māori and Pasifika change expertise. Invited paper for the World Educational Research Association focal session: Education of Diverse Students: A Multi Country Perspective

Selected Papers and Publications

Alton-Lee, A. (2016, April). pdf-icon Evidence in Action: Bringing the 'how' of equity, excellence and inclusion in education to the forefront of policy dialogue. [PDF 154KB] Statement prepared for the invited seminar 'Thinking about Teachers, Teaching and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' University of Cambridge, Education International, Open Society Foundations, and the Centre for Research and Innovation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Alton-Lee, A. (2014, October). pdf-icon Disciplined Innovation for Equity and Excellence in Education Statement prepared for the 'Quality Education for All' Challenge. [PDF 80KB] Invited Working Seminar. University of Cambridge, Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (OECD), Education International and the Open Society Foundation

Alton-Lee, A. (2012). pdf-iconThe use of evidence to improve education and serve the public good. Paper prepared for the New Zealand Ministry of Education and the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

Alton-Lee, A. (2011).pdf-icon (Using) evidence for educational improvement. [PDF 1.1MB] Cambridge Journal of Education, 41:3, 303-329.
Alton-Lee, A. (2008). pdf-iconChapter 13: Making a bigger difference fordiverse learners [PDF 1.9MB]. The Iterative Best Evidence synthesis Programme in New Zealand. in G. Wan, (Ed.). The Education of Diverse Populations: A Global Perspective. The Netherlands: Springer Science and Business Media.
Alton-Lee, A. (2007). The Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis Programme: Collaborative knowledge building and use across research, policy and practice in education. In CERIpdf-icon Evidence in Education: Linking research and policy [PDF 1.5 MB]. Paris: OECD.

This paper provides an in-depth discussion of the application of best evidence synthesis findings to research, policy and practice in education.
Timperley, H., & Alton-Lee, A. (2008). pdf-iconReframing teacher professional learning: An alternative policy approach to strengthening valued outcomes for diverse learners. Review of Research in Education [PDF 521.8KB 32, 328 – 369.

This paper dicusses 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.

Presented Papers

Title Delivered at
Alton-Lee, A. (2009). Te Kotahitanga: establishing a culturally responsive pedagogy of relations. DVD Presented by Adrienne Alton-Lee (PhD), Chief Education Advisor, Best Evidence Synthesis Programme, Ministry of Education
Alton-Lee, A. (2008).pdf-icon Designing & supporting teacher professional development to improve valued student outcomes [PDF 668KB]
Invited paper, General Assembly of Fellows of the International Academy of Education, Limassol, Cyprus, 26th September.

This paper discusses the ways in which teacher professional development could be developed in order to positively influence student outcomes for diverse students.

It's Time for a New Learning Agenda in Policy, Research and Practice in Education: Making a Bigger Difference in Desired Educational Outcomes for Diverse Learners through Collaborative Cultures of Inquiry and Development

pdf-icon Pacific Circle Consortium [PDF 306KB]Microsoft Word IconPacific Circle Consortium [MS Word 173KB]
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.

Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis:Strengthening Research, Policy and Practice Links to Improve Outcomes

pdf-iconResearch, Policy & Practice [PDF 476KB] Microsoft Word Icon Research, Policy & Practice [MS Word 337KB]
4th Annual Policy Conference: Policy Evolution 29 March, 2006

Collaborating across Policy, Research and Practice: Knowledge Building for Sustainable Educational Development

pdf-iconCollaborating Across Policy [PDF 387KB]Microsoft Word Icon Collaborating Across Policy [MS Word 214KB]
OECD/Netherlands Evidence Based Policy Research Conference Linking Evidence to Practice The Hague, September 14-15, 2005

Quality Teaching: How an Evidence-Based Approach Can Help

pdf-icon Quality Teaching [PDF 530KB]
Australian Curriculum Studies Association, Melbourne, 24 May 2005

A Collaborative Knowledge Building Strategy To Improve Educational Policy and Practice: Work in Progress in the Ministry of Education's Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis Programme

pdf-icon Knowledge Building Strategy [PDF 317KB]Microsoft Word Icon Knowledge Building Strategy[MS Word 173KB]
New Zealand Association for Research in Education, National Conference, Wellington, November 25, 2004

Improving Education Policy and Practice through an Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis Programme

pdf-iconEducation Policy & Practice [PDF 270KB]Microsoft Word IconEducation Policy & Practice [MS Word 104K
OECD-US Seminar, Evidenced-Based Policy Research, Washington DC, April 19-20, 2004

Useful Links

The following sites provide access to programmes of work that are focused on linking research evidence to practice in education.

NZ Education Theses Database - Te Putunga Kōrero Mātauranga o Aotearoa

The NZ Education These Database was last updated in June 2014. Should you require more recent New Zealand Education theses, please contact the Ministry of Education Library.


Evidence Informed Policy & Practice in Education in Europe (EIPPEE)
(EIPPEE) is a two year project from March 2011 to March 2013. The project aims to further evidence-informed policy and practice and increase the use of decision making in education across Europe.

University of Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education: Research Supporting Practice in Education. (RSPE)
Ontario Ministry of Education
The Ontario Ministry of Education has made available a Capacity Building Series designed to support leaders and teachers in sharing and developing capability in effective teaching approaches.
International Institute for Educational Planning
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (IIEP)
International Bureau of Education
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (IBE)

Education Endowment Foundation
Teaching & 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


International Academy of Education
The International Academy of Education is a not-for-profit scientific association that promotes educational research.