Education Research by RAND Europe

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.

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

Featured Research


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.


Literature reviews

We conduct robust systematic reviews of evidence using the global resources available in RAND's professional library.

Policy analysis

We are experienced in providing education policy advice based on the best international evidence available.

Selected Research

  • Comparing science and math teaching qualifications

    20 Feb 2018

    Researchers are investigating the qualifications and training required to teach science and mathematics at primary, lower secondary and upper secondary levels in England compared to the initial teacher education required in select other countries.

  • Supporting the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment in Morocco

    08 Feb 2018

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

  • Exploring Why an Incentivised Pay Study Failed to Recruit Enough Teachers

    05 Feb 2018

    Researchers tried to conduct a randomised control trial to understand whether UK teachers could be motivated with incentivised pay and coaching, but they failed to recruit enough participants. To help future studies, they changed their research to explore why the recruitment effort failed.

  • Teaching, Pedagogy and Practice in Early Years Childcare

    17 Jan 2018

    Because disadvantaged children in England are more likely to fall behind academically, the Early Intervention Foundation has commissioned research on what is known concerning effective early years practice, and where there are knowledge gaps. The goal is to understand how to develop more effective early intervention programmes.