RAND Europe's research in education helps inform the making of more effective educational policies, programmes and practices that are inclusive and equitable for all.
Our interdisciplinary and international research examines the evidence behind how policies and practices can support learning: from building strong foundations in the early years, to improving school effectiveness and ensuring that young people have the right skills in preparation for the future.
One of the biggest areas of our current education work is in randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The benefit of using RCTs is well known and we are excited to be using this methodology to generate robust, objective evidence on the impact of different educational practices, spanning a range of ages and subjects
Disadvantaged children in England are more likely to fall behind academically, so researchers identified the knowledge gaps concerning effective early years practice. As most of the available data comes from the US, more UK research is needed.
Our education research benefits from a wide range of multi-disciplinary expertise and capabilities across the organisation and our large network of collaborators.
Randomised controlled trials
We have a growing portfolio of projects using rigourous experimental (randomised controlled trials) and quasi-experimental designs to evaluate complex education interventions.
Survey design & analysis
We bring methodological expertise to design high-quality surveys and conduct complex analyses with large scale administrative data.
We conduct robust systematic reviews of evidence using the global resources available in RAND's professional library.
We are experienced in providing education policy advice based on the best international evidence available.
RAND Europe is evaluating the impacts of peer-assisted learning strategies (PALS) in England. The evaluation will seek to understand the impact of PALS on reading attainment for both strong and weak readers and will assess how effectively the intervention is implemented.
Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program, offers individual and group interventions. Researchers are evaluating how the group interventions influence language skills in children whose parents are randomly assigned to the intervention.
Researchers developed recommendations for the College of Policing and the Education Endowment Foundation on how to assess evidence from research studies and make evidence-informed recommendations for practitioners and policymakers.
A randomised controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the impact of PSQM aims to understand the impact of the intervention on pupils and teachers. The study will also examine how the intervention is implemented.