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What progress has been made towards evidence-based education?

Stephen Gorard is Professor of Education and Public Policy, and Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute at Durham University, and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the ESRC Commissioning Panel for Research Seminars and Strategic Networks, and the grant awarding panel for the British Academy, a Methods Expert for the US government Institute of Education Science, and Independent Expert for the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.

His work concerns the robust evaluation of education as a lifelong process, focused on issues of equity and effectiveness. He regularly gives advice to governments and other policy-makers, including oral and written advice to the House of Commons Education Committee every year since 2003. He is also a widely read and cited methodologist, and is currently a recognised evaluator for the Department of Education (England), the Department of Work and Pensions, the Cabinet Office, the Learning and Skills Information Service, and the Educational Endowment Foundation.

He is author of nearly 1,000 books and papers. Among other awards he has won the Society of Educational Studies Book Prize, the Emerald Publishers Literati Prize for Outstanding Paper, and the BERA Research Intelligence Paper Prize. 'Creating a Learning Society' was selected by the British Educational Research Association as one of the landmark studies of the past 40 years.

Latest publication: Gorard, S., See, BH and Siddiqui, N. (2017) The trials of evidence-based education, London: Routledge.

published on: 14 February 2017