Methodology

All CAER research follows an ‘education translation pipeline’ to ensure that promising scientific research is translated rapidly but safely into policy, identifying important contextual factors for effective implementation, and allowing the best possible evidence to underpin decision-making.

Core Science - Collect data and evidence

Literature reviews, systematic reviews, and secondary data analysis are used to understand the problem and guide the development of research questions, tools and interventions.

Discovery and Design - Implement in schools

Research questions, tools and interventions are evaluated in a small handful of schools for proof of concept.

Trials and Assessment - Co-design and test in ~ 10 schools

Approximately 10 schools are involved in the development of research questions, tools and interventions to ensure feasibility.

Large Randomised Controlled Trial - Refine and test across ~ 100 schools

The research questions, tools and interventions are refined and tested in a larger cohort of schools (~100) using randomised controlled trial methodology.

Regional Rollout - Test in contexts and delivery conditions ~ 500 schools

Research tools and interventions are rolled out regionally to evaluate their efficacy in a specific geographical location.

Evidence-based Policy - Develop national policy with Whitehall partners

Tools and interventions are rolled out nationally, and policy is influenced through collaboration with our partners from Whitehall.