New guidance to support schools to put evidence to work in their classrooms


Best Evidence in Brief is a bi-monthly e-newsletter produced by the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) in York, England.

A new guidance report from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in the UK aims to give schools the support they need to put evidence to work in their classrooms and implement new programs and approaches effectively.

The report highlights how good and thoughtful implementation is crucial to the success of any teaching and learning strategy, yet creating the right conditions for implementation – let alone the structured process of planning, delivering, and sustaining change – is hard.

The authors offer six recommendations to help schools give their innovations the very best chance by working carefully through the who, why, where, when, and how of managing change. These recommendations can be applied to any school improvement decision: programs or practices, whole-school or targeted approach, internally or externally generated ideas.

The report frames implementation in four stages: explore, prepare, deliver, and sustain. It also provides guidance on how schools can create the right environment for change, from supporting staff to getting leadership on board.