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).

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Latest news

New article: RCTs as gold standard

Posted on Wednesday 3 February 2016

IEE staff have co-written a new article questioning the use of the term 'gold standard' to describe RCTs in education research

The IEE at ASE Annual Conference

Posted on Wednesday 6 January 2016

Pam Hanley participated in the ASE Annual Conference, sitting on an expert panel as part of Sir John Holman's keynote speech and delivering her own presentation

ResearchEd York 2016

Posted on Monday 14 December 2015

IEE staff to join the ResearchEd York line up

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