Evidence and resources

Putting evidence-based ideas into widespread practice

We aim to ensure that evidence on improving learning travels from research studies, into government policy, through to large-scale implementation of reforms, and right back into the classroom in the form of day-to-day policy implementation by individual schools and teachers. If this can be achieved, millions of children will have better outcomes.

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Partnership is key for evidence to translate into impact: Lessons from RISE Ethiopia

Dr Dawit Tibebu Tiruneh, Dr Mesele Araya, Professor Pauline Rose and Professor Ricardo Sabates Aysa(REAL Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge); and Professor Tassew Woldehanna (Addis Ababa University and Ethiopian Policy Studies Institute).

This blog highlights some of the achievements of the FCDO-funded RISE Ethiopia programme. RISE was a predecessor to the What Works Hub for Global Education, seeking to understand how national education systems could overcome the learning crisis. Read more


How to change teacher practice at scale: Insights from a CIES 2024 panel

Yue-Yi Hwa

Evidence use, Academics
Implementing effective teacher support at scale remains a significant challenge. At the CIES conference in March 2024, a panel of experts explored how to increase the likelihood that training and support for teachers improves classroom practices and ultimately children’s foundational learning. Read more


Improving implementation to improve learning outcomes: The What Works Hub for Global Education

Noam Angrist and Michelle Kaffenberger

Implementation science, Evidence use, Evidence translation, Academics
Despite substantial progress in schooling, millions of children still struggle with basic learning outcomes. The What Works Hub for Global Education is contributing to filling this gap by advancing an "implementation science" in education. Read more

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How to improve education outcomes most efficiently?

Noam Angrist, David K Evans, Deon Filmer, Rachel Glennerster, Halsey Rogers, Shwetlena Sabarwal

Implementation science, Evidence translation, Literature review, Academics
Governments must make tough choices about how to invest limited resources in the way that will make the greatest educational improvements. This paper reviews 200 impact evaluations across 52 countries to identify the most cost-effective programmes and policies. Read more

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Implementation matters: Generalising treatment effects in education

Noam Angrist, Rachael Meager

Botswana, Implementation science, Randomised trial, Academics
Targeted instruction (that is, teaching to the level of a child's understanding, rather than the prescribed level for their age) is one of the most effective educational interventions in low- and middle-income countries, yet reported impacts vary by an order of magnitude. What explains the difference? Read more

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