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C oalition for E vidence B ased E ducation. Andrew Morris, UK IEE conference York 22 nd March 2013. bottom-up initiative from individuals a structure to link people working on evidence-use in multiple organisations. Background. builds on preceding initiatives – NERF, SFRE

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C oalition for e vidence b ased e ducation

Coalition forEvidence Based Education

Andrew Morris, UK

IEE conference

York 22nd March 2013


  • builds on preceding initiatives – NERF, SFRE

  • emphasis on action rather than debate

  • focus on use of evidence, not research per se

  • open to all


Final Report


on the


Working Paper number 3.1

  • IEE offered secretariat

    • some time of Partnerships Manager

    • support for steering group

    • admin, website, publicity

  • Steering group set up

Initial steps

  • Year 1: consultation events

    • researchers, practitioners, policymakers

    • position paper

    • two key projects

      • for practitioners

      • for the public via the media

  • Position paper

    • a cyclical “evidence-using system”

    • methods to be “fit for purpose”

Setting up (year 2)

  • Education Media Centre

  • interested people formed Development Group

  • inspiration of Science Media Centre

  • early gift from C&G for feasibility study

Setting up (year 2)

  • Evidence for the Frontline

  • Development Group of interested people

  • emphasis on practitioners

  • inspiration of Yorkshire Informed Practice Initiative

  • Events

    • coordinated and guided by CEBE

    • run by organisations in the network

    • e.g. SRU, NET, ILRC... on themes such as

      • effective implementation

      • boundaries: policy, practice, research

      • evidence for practice


  • Newsletter

    • updates from CEBE and participating orgs

  • Website

    • background info and updates

    • http://cebenetwork.org/

    • MS

  • Vision (year 1)

    • better outputs from media orgs through good evidence

    • a brokerage centre connecting media people to researchers

    • visibly independent of all potential interests

Education Media Centre

  • Development (year 2)

    • specification and business plan drawn up

    • high profile patrons recruited

    • proposal presented to dozens of potential funders

  • State of play (year 3)

    • major funding from Esmee Fairbairn

    • funds from dozens of others: near year 1 target (190K)

    • initial co-directors: Sue Littlemore, Jonathan Sharples

    • TT

  • Planned operations

    • preparing for predicted events (e.g. “A” level results)

    • responding to breaking news

    • matching journalists to specialist researchers

    • running briefing events

Education Media Centre

  • Discussion points

    • sustaining funding over the long term

    • engaging and retaining interest of media professionals

    • dealing with missing or conflicting evidence

  • Vision (year 1)

    • access to a specialists to help with using evidence

    • linkage to sources of sound, useful evidence for practice

    • networking between practitioners making use of evidence

Evidence for the Frontline

  • Development (year 2)

    • development Group formed, focussed on practice

    • encouragement from researchers

    • specification of a prototype development project

  • State of play (year 3)

    • approaches made to small number of potential funders

    • networks of schools interested in pilot

    • lead school will coordinate with IEE in support

    • potential funders showing interest

  • Planned operations

    • initial enquiries from schools discussed and refined

    • match made with known research specialists

    • help provided to navigate internet evidence sources

    • encouragement given to contact peers via network

Evidence for the Frontline

  • Discussion points

    • what will be the level of “traffic” from schools/colleges?

    • will a sufficient range of research specialists join in?

    • will the demand on researchers be manageable?

    • will dialogue with researchers make a difference

    • will any difference impact on student outcomes?

  • participating in policy discussions

    • with ministers, shadow front bench, parliament

  • contributing to evidence-based movement

    • UK Alliance for Useful Knowledge

    • Europe-wide EIPPEE evidence project from IoE

    • discussions with funding bodies

Engaging with policy

  • coping with loss of intermediary bodies

    • engaging with local institutions and networks

  • surviving the economic climate

    • creating self-supporting businesses

  • publicising and communicating about CEBE

  • stimulating further collaborative activity

  • creating a base for international collaboration

The future

To overcome this....

The purpose is


Andrew Morris (chair CEBE steering group)

[email protected]



Further information

Value of collaborative network:

Is collaboration important compared to simpler two party arrangements?

Is it too weak to compete with the big pressures

CEBE future

How could more people get involved (no budget)

What other partners ought to be engaged?

How could its capacity be increased?

What do you think?