Posts Tagged “evidence-based policy”

How do we make education evidence-led?

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2014

That was the topic up for debate on Saturday at the Lib Dem conference fringe meeting organised by CentreForum and the Social Liberal Forum. I was one of the four panellists – speaking with my day-job hat on – alongside (…)

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Here’s what I’m doing in York on Saturday

by Stephen Tall on March 7, 2014

I’ve just arrived in York (my first time here: in the dark it looks very nice; I’m told in the light it will be even nicer) for the Lib Dems’ spring conference. Which is like the autumn conference, except smaller, (…)

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The social divide of access to higher education: my take on what universities need to get better at. (Hint: EVIDENCE)

by Stephen Tall on January 24, 2014

I took part in the first ‘Directors Debate’ yesterday – on the real value and true price of scholarships in higher education - organised by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education at Senate House in London yesterday. We had 5 (…)

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‘What Works’? Here’s what I wrote for the Guardian Public live-chat about putting evidence to use in schools

by Stephen Tall on December 4, 2013

I’ve written a fair amount about evidence-based policy over the past couple of years – check-out my posts here – partly linked to my day-job fund-raising for the Education Endowment Foundation, a charity which aims to increase the attainment of (…)

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National Liberals and evidence-based policy: a reply to Jonathan Calder

by Stephen Tall on November 21, 2013

‘Whoever you vote for the political class gets in’ blogs Liberal England’s Jonathan Calder. It is, as ever from Jonathan, well worth reading. The first half holds up to deserved ridicule Nick Boles’ suggestion that the Tories set up a (…)

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The Daily Mail, that Ofsted report, and setting for pupils: what does the evidence say?

by Stephen Tall on June 13, 2013

It’s my own fault, I know, for looking at the Daily Mail: Put pupils in sets at 11 to help brightest, says Ofsted: Call for pupils to be separated to make sure top students don’t slip back academically Pretty definitive, (…)

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Tim Harford on the ‘evidence revolution’ taking place in education

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2013

Tim ‘Undercover Economist’ Harford has a terrific piece in today’s FT — An evidence revolution — highlighting the use of research to inform and improve education. He picks up on the aspect of evidence-informed policy which has always excited my (…)

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If you’re interested in evidence-based policy, read this paper by Ben Goldacre now

by Stephen Tall on March 14, 2013

Last October, I wrote a brief post, So you like evidence-based policy? Here’s a couple of crucial things to remember…: To me, evidence-based policy is at heart a very liberal process. First, it demands that you measure your intended outcomes (…)

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Evidence-based policy is now official government policy. So will they actually follow the evidence?

by Stephen Tall on March 4, 2013

As of today, I officially work for a ‘What Works’ organisation – the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) – part of the ‘What Works Network’ Danny Alexander and Oliver Letwin are launching today. Here’s the Financial Times report: A drive to (…)

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The Tory politician who just escaped being this week’s Liberal Villain

by Stephen Tall on January 11, 2013

I’m pretty rubbish at choosing Liberal Villains for my CentreForum series. I think I’ve chosen three in six months. I generally prefer to say “Well done, good on you” than “You failed, you illiberal bit of evil”. That’s probably why (…)

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