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NFER launches 2014 Impact Review

9 June 2015

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), one of the UK’s leading independent research organisations, has today launched its third published annual review of impact.

The NFER 2014 Impact Review highlights the significant progress that has been achieved during the year, encouraging the greater use of evidence and research engagement aimed at influencing the debate around policy and its practical application. The Review shows that NFER’s work played a growing role in shaping the education agenda in ways that will provide lasting benefit to learners, and in particular to children and young people.

In her foreword to the Review, Carole Willis, Chief Executive said: “Three years on since our first review, we have enhanced our reputation as a trusted and independent source of evidence in education and we have made significant steps in engaging with other organisations. In 2014 we sought to highlight the importance of evidence by engaging actively with school leaders and practitioners, policymakers and academics. As the general election approached, we called for all political parties to place evidence at the heart of the policy debate, and have increasingly shared our thinking, offering insights that demonstrate our role as an expert and independent facilitator. New partnerships enabled us to achieve greater impact and impact in schools and other organisations also increased during the year.”

The Impact Review can be downloaded from this page.

NFER Chief Executive Carole Willis introduces the Impact Review in this video.


Contact information:
Maryann Thomas, NFER Content and Media Executive: 01753 637245;

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NFER has a worldwide reputation for providing independent and rigorous research in education. As a charity, any surplus generated by the Foundation is reinvested in research projects to provide evidence that improves education and the life chances of learners.