Evidence-based education policy and practice: Sharing global experiences

Both researchers and policy makers will interested in this session. It will be one of the main education sessions at the Summit, so should attract all those with an interest in education. But it will be of interest to anyone with an interest in how evidence-based policy is working around the world.

The session will appeal to participants at all levels of knowledge.


This session will share global experiences of evidence-based policy and practice in education. Participants will learn how evidence is being generated and used in South Africa and the UK, as well as getting a global overview of the growth of rigorous impact evaluation in education.


The session will have three presentations:

  • Evidence-based education in South Africa: This presentation will share developments in using evidence in policy making in the education sector and implications for systems, programmes and policy making in general. The presentation will focus on specific research projects as a basis for discussing institutional issues to do with the use of evidence in the sector in general.
  • Generating rigorous evidence in the UK: There has been a huge growth in the use of randomised-controlled trials in the UK to inform education policy and practice. This presentation will discuss this experience from the earliest trials to the current situation of evidence-driven use of resources by schools, facilitated by the Education Endowment Foundation.
  • The rise of education impact evaluation in low- and middle-income countries: This presentation will plot the rise of rigorous studies of education policy and programmes in developing countries, and key findings of what works and what doesn’t from the evidence to date.

There will be a general Q&A for the audience.


Target audience: 

Researchers and policy makers

Type of session: 

This is an invited special session, for which the focus has been on obtaining high-profile, leading speakers who can talk about use of evidence in the education sector. There will be time allowed for Q&A.

Other contributors:

Nuga Deliwe C1, Connolly P2, Snilstveit B3
1 Department of Basic Education, South Africa
2 Queen’s University Belfast, UK
3 International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, 3ie, UK


Saturday 16 September 2017 - 11:00 to 12:30