Evidence Explained

Read more about the use of evidence for educational improvement.


Latest Presentation


Alton-Lee, A. (2017, September).

Invited paper for the International Bureau of Education - UNESCO Project: Rethinking and repositioning curriculum in the
21st century: A global paradigm shift.
Evidence, Data and Knowledge, Ministry of Education, Wellington: New Zealand.



Alton-Lee, A. (2015, September).

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).

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, April).

Invited Working Seminar. University of Cambridge, Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (OECD), Education International and the Open Society Foundation.

Alton-Lee, A. (2012).

Paper prepared for the New Zealand Ministry of Education and the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

Alton-Lee, A. (2011).

Cambridge Journal of Education, 41:3, 303-329.

Alton-Lee, A. (2008).

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. 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).

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

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Alton-Lee, A. (2009).

DVD Presented by Adrienne Alton-Lee (PhD), Chief Education Advisor, Best Evidence Synthesis Programme, Ministry of Education

Alton-Lee, A. (2008).
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

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

4th Annual Policy Conference: Policy Evolution 29 March, 2006

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

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

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

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

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.

(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.

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education: Research Supporting Practice in Education. (RSPE)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (IIEP)

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.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (IBE).

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

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.