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New report on evidence-based policy-making in education

26 January 2017

The UK has a good range of mechanisms in place to support evidence-based policy-making in education. This is one of the messages which emerge from a new report that maps how evidence is used by education policy-makers across Europe.

The Eurydice Unit at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) provided the information on the picture in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The European Commission authored the full report, which explores:

The report sets out that:

Helen Aston, Head of Centre for Information and Knowledge at NFER, commented: “The report highlights examples of evidence-informed policy-making within each jurisdiction covered by the Eurydice network, but does not seek to assess the extent to which evidence-based policy-making takes place in each jurisdiction.”

The report is available here.


Notes to Editors:

  1. About Eurydice at NFER

Eurydice at NFER is the Eurydice Unit for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Based at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), we are jointly funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the European Commission.

Eurydice at NFER:; @EurydiceatNFER

  1. About NFER

NFER is a leading independent provider of rigorous research and insights in education, working to create an excellent education for all children and young people. We are a charity, providing robust and innovative research, assessments and other services that are widely known and used by key decision-makers. Any surplus generated is reinvested in projects to support our charitable purpose.; @TheNFER

  1. About the Eurydice Network

The Eurydice network is the European Commission's information network on education in Europe and part of Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. The network gathers, monitors, processes and circulates reliable and readily comparable information on education systems and policies throughout Europe.

The Eurydice network consists of 42 national units based in 38 countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme (28 Member States, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey) and is managed by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels, which coordinates its comparative publications and databases.; @EurydiceEU