Education Endowment Foundation:Process and people

Process and people

Find out about our approach to evaluation and meet our panel of evaluators.

Rigorous, independent evaluation is essential to the EEF’s mission. It ensures that we can accurately identify the impact of EEF-funded projects and provide teachers and senior leaders with the reliable information they need to improve outcomes for children and young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Most evaluations have two parts:

  • an impact evaluation, normally using a robust design such as a randomised controlled trial (RCT), which estimates the impact of the intervention on pupils’ attainment;
  • alongside this, an implementation and process evaluation is undertaken to understand the components of successful implementation and to inform how it could be scaled-up if the approach is found to be successful in raising attainment.

In addition, the EEF funds a small number of pilot evaluations using qualitative and quantitative methods to test the feasibility of an approach before trialling it at a larger scale.

The Evaluation FAQs provide answers to common questions of interest to delivery teams, and the Evaluation glossary provides a summary of terms commonly used in our evaluation reports.

The EEF is funding more randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in education than any other organisation globally. The EEF has more than doubled the amount of available evidence from trials in education in this country, and has commissioned more than 10 per cent of all known trials in education around the world.

The EEF’s approach to evaluation has been instrumental in raising the bar in terms of the quality of education research in the UK, proving that large-scale, robust, quantitative trials of programmes in schools, nurseries and colleges are possible.

We publish, openly and in full, the independent evaluation reports of all EEF-funded projects, no matter what the outcomes, so that teachers can have confidence in the findings we present.

Every project funded by the EEF is independently evaluated by a team appointed from our panel of evaluators.

The EEF data collection panel are organisations that have expressed interest in working with the EEF panel of evaluators to collect high quality data for EEF evaluations.

The Evaluation Advisory Group is an external advisory body that provides guidance and advice on decisions affecting the EEF’s evaluations.