Is research evidence informing government policy in education?

EPPI’s David Gough encourages comments on DfE’s use of evidence in education.

IOE LONDON BLOG

David Gough

Recently there has been increased interest in the use of evidence from research studies to inform policy making by government. This research evidence can be of many types. It can include empirical findings on things such as educational attainment, and evidence of effectiveness (‘what works’) of different strategies (such as how to teach phonics). It can also include explanations of how things work and how the world can be understood. Research is of course not the only thing that can influence policy

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