Assessing the Strength of Evidence in the Education Sector
This guide provides staff from donor agencies (and researchers and practitioners who may be interested) with a thorough introduction to:
- the appraisal of the quality of individual studies and
- an assessment of the strength of bodies of evidence in education.
Specifically, the guide aims to help staff and other individuals to understand different types of research and assess its quality in order to determine what can and cannot be concluded from it. More generally, it aims to set out common standards for the international community on how to assess evidence. Agreement on the strength of evidence on particular issues in the education sector is critical in enabling us to speak with a unified voice when we provide policy advice to our government and national counterparts. Donors are typically interested in identifying the key research gaps and drawing out policy recommendations from a piece of research. While individual research studies may not focus on policy implications, donors are committed to ensuring policy is evidence-based and will thus seek clear recommendations emerging from syntheses of the evidence.