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We conduct rigorous evaluations of education programmes and practices. Our research is mainly focused on literacy, numeracy, and science in the UK and overseas, but also includes early childhood education, parenting, widening participation, and the effective use of technology.

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  • CEBEI Annual Conference 5 March 2015
    Dr Tracey Bywater is opening the Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention (CEBEI) Annual Conference at Bangor University and presenting Reviewing successes and barriers of the randomised controlled trial design; lessons learned and future directions. Dr Nic Gridley is presenting Impact of the Incredible Years Toddler programme on parental language.
  • ESRC Research Seminar 25 March 2015
    The fifth ESRC seminar will look at the challenges of conducting education evaluations in real-world settings. The speakers are Richard Cookson from the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York, Gretchen Bjornstad from the Social Research Unit at Dartington, and Colin Waterman, Director of the National Implementation Service (NIS). Entry is free of charge. Online booking is open. Location: Berrick Saul Building, University of York.
  • Transforming Kenyan education: Professor Frank Hardman is leading a major project looking into ways to improve teaching methods in Kenyan primary schools.
  • Lessons from Somalia: Professor Frank Hardman gave a public lecture at University College, London, Institute of Education, entitled The role of education in building peaceful societies: lessons from Somalia. The talk was part of a seminar series coordinated through the Network for Research in Education, Conflict and Emergencies that brings together academics, practitioners, and policy makers who research, work, and formulate policies to support education in humanitarian crises including, violent conflicts, and natural disasters. It is designed to create an opportunity for critical debates on the subfield of education and conflict, and promote an understanding of the interactions between education in emergencies and international development.

    Professor Hardman’s talk focused on the findings from a recent study commissioned by UNICEF on the role of education in peace building in Somalia, and the policies and interventions that are needed to address the drivers of conflict and contribute to conflict prevention, social transformation, civic engagement, and economic progress. (January 2015)

  • New article: Evidence and Policy has published a paper by Jonathan Sharples and Mary Sheard Developing an evidence-informed support service for schools – reflections on a UK model (January 2015)

Forthcoming events

  • ESRC Research Seminar Series: 2013 - 2015, London/York
    A series of free seminars looking at the challenges of conducting education evaluations in real-world settings - Next seminar, 25 March 2015 in York

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