Researching teachers’ engagement with and use of evidence

Purpose of this work

The EEF aims to increase the uptake by teachers and senior leaders of evidence to inform their practice. To support this aim, the EEF wishes to define and collect information on the access and use by teachers of EEF-funded research and resources, and the use of evidence more generally. This information will then inform our future work to expand the depth, breadth and ultimately impact of teachers’ engagement with and use of evidence.

The research should:

1.Provide a measure (or measures) of research evidence use by teachers and senior leaders, which the EEF can use as an indicator of performance against our goal of improving evidence use in schools.

2.Provide information on how schools engage with and use evidence, and how this relates to other sources of information they use. (This will include repeating some questions asked in previous EEF research use surveys).

3.Provide information on who uses the Teaching and Learning Toolkit and who doesn’t, how they use it, and for what purpose. We also want information on whether the Toolkit acts as a gateway to further EEF resources and opportunities, such as guidance reports.

4.Provide information on the awareness and engagement of teachers with:

  • other EEF resources, such as project evaluation reports, guidance reports and other support tools (Families of Schools, DIY Evaluation Guide etc.).
  • EEF ‘opportunities’ such as involvement in trials, advocacy activities and Research School activities.

5.Capture non-instrumental impacts of engaging with EEF resources and opportunities, such as culture change, conceptual impacts, capacity building, network formation etc.

The full research specification - available here - describes the EEF’s ‘best view’ of what will be required and how the aims will be met. However, we welcome proposals that suggest other methods to meet the aims set out above.

Appointment process

If you would like to be considered to undertake this work, please send a brief outline describing your proposed approach. Please include an overview of your relevant skills and experience, and an estimated budget. Proposals should be no more than 2,000 words including appendices.

We will finalise the specification with the successful team. Project timelines and budget are open for discussion at this stage

We welcome proposals that provide separate prices for the survey and follow up work.

We expect that a relatively large survey sample will be required to provide the breakdowns we want. We are therefore interested in ways to do this as cost-effectively as possible and in a manner than minimises workload and burden for teachers.

For the follow up work, we welcome proposals that provide different cost options with a realistic assessment of how well the different options could address the research questions.

Timing and submission details

The deadline for proposals is 24 April 2017 (12 noon).

Proposals are to be sent to Stephen Fraser.

  1. Updated: 16th March, 2017