Education Research by RAND Europe

The last 20 years have witnessed increased levels of education and female workforce participation in Europe, upward mobility from blue- to white-collar jobs, and an increased focus on the service sector. In response to the economic downturn, European policymakers have focused on improving the general skill level of the workforce to support the development of a knowledge-based economy.

Our research projects help policymakers in Europe and abroad by examining such topics as the importance of early childhood and primary and secondary education (including a number of randomised controlled trials to evaluate targeted interventions in classrooms and schools), and the role of higher education institutions in preparing students for the future.

We also examine the effectiveness of research in higher education — our Research Excellence Framework evaluations — within our Innovation programme.

Featured Research

  • Attracting and Retaining Teachers in Cambridgeshire

    Teacher shortages could be a real and imminent threat in Cambridgeshire unless more new secondary school teachers are attracted and retained. The region should explore the association between teachers’ working and living conditions, why not enough teachers are attracted to work in Cambridgeshire and why teachers are leaving the profession.

Selected Research

  • Mapping MOOCs4Inclusion

    28 Apr 2017

    As part of the MOOCs4Inclusion research team, RAND Europe contributed to a literature review to identify recent research on the use of free digital learning by migrants and refugees in the EU and neighbouring countries.

  • Accounting for Missing Data in the Second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England

    09 Jan 2017

    The Department for Education commissioned RAND Europe to provide a statistically robust, unbiased, and consistent approach to account for missing Key Stage 2 data in the LSYPE2 cohort. The final report balances the need for practical solutions for analysts with the desire to exhaustively explore options for dealing with the missing data.

  • Evaluating Digital Feedback in Primary Maths

    04 Nov 2016

    The Kyra School Alliance seeks to maximise the impact of teachers’ feedback on pupils’ outcome through the use of video. Researchers are conducting an efficiency trial of this intervention along with a process evaluation to understand how the intervention improves pupil outcomes.

  • RCT to Evaluate the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants Programme

    03 Nov 2016

    Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) aims to develop ways in which UK teaching assistants can improve students’ outcomes. An efficacy randomised control trial will evaluate whether, under ideal conditions, the programme has a positive impact.

  • Next Steps for UNICEF's Emergency Education Response Programme in Jordan

    29 Sep 2016

    An evaluation recommends that UN agencies, donors, partners, and the Jordanian government develop and implement a strategy to manage the influx and education of child refugees. Jordanian and refugee children both will benefit from expanding the Jordanian education system's safety, quality and performance.

  • Evaluating the Accelerated Reader Scheme

    11 Apr 2016

    An evaluation of Renaissance Learning's AR scheme will explore whether the programme has a positive effect on the reading comprehension of randomly assigned pupils, particularly those who are eligible for free school meals.

  • Implementing the OECD Starting Strong Survey

    08 Apr 2016

    RAND Europe is leading the development of a survey for the OECD which aims to fill key international and national data gaps on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) staff, their professional development, teaching/playing, the ECEC environment and the impact that staff can have on children in their care.

  • Supporting the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment in Morocco

    04 Apr 2016

    As part of a larger OECD effort, RAND Europe researchers will analyse the strengths and challenges of Morocco's current approach for teacher appraisal and provide actionable policy recommendations and advice for implementing improvements.