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.


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).

Twitter updates



Latest news

First student receives Mary Sheard Bursary

Posted on Wednesday 23 September 2015

Education student Manuel Lopez-Pereyra uses new bursary to present his PhD thesis at BERA

New article: Incredible partnerships

Posted on Wednesday 26 August 2015

Professor Tracey Bywater co-writes on Incredible Years for a special issue of the Journal of Children's Services

New article: Pedagogical Practices in Syrian EFL Classrooms

Posted on Tuesday 25 August 2015

Dr Taha Rajab reports on a study exploring secondary school English classes in Syria

Upcoming events


IEE Conference 2016

The 2016 IEE Conference will take place on Thursday 17 March in York.

green impact logo