The Institute for Effective Education

All children should have the opportunity to succeed in school but many do not reach their potential, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds. The Institute for Effective Education (IEE) has established itself as one of the leading education research units in the UK, and our aim is to make a real difference to children’s outcomes.

At the moment the IEE is in the process of changing its structure:

  • Research activity, including evaluations of education interventions both in the UK and overseas, will continue within various departments at the University of York.
  • We are forming an independent charity under the IEE name that will work closely with schools to support the development and use of effective and efficient approaches. The charity will carry out the dissemination activities detailed in the “making an impact” section below.

During this transition period, some areas of this website may not reflect the way the IEE will be organised in the future.  Please call or email if you would like further information.


We conduct high quality evaluations of education programmes and practices. Our UK research includes work on literacy, numeracy, science, early childhood education, parenting, well-being, widening participation, and the effective use of technology.

We lead international research projects in countries where access to education, and the quality of provision, is a major challenge.

We also have places available for postgraduate students wishing to study for research degrees in education.

Making an impact

We are committed to sharing knowledge with, and between, people working in education policy and practice. We are also building support for evidence-based education, and provide expertise and practical tools wherever we can.

We have developed resources aimed at people on the front line of education. Our publications include:

Our events include a regular conference and annual Research Methods Summer School.

Our partnerships include work with researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, including through the Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE).

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Latest news

Improving quality in preschool

Posted on Monday 1 August 2016

New article describes promising areas for improving children’s language and literacy.

IEE Director to give keynote at GL Assessment Conference

Posted on Thursday 30 June 2016

Bette Chambers to discuss using evidence to improve teaching and learning.

Evidence for the Frontline at the Festival of Education

Posted on Friday 17 June 2016

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