Engaging with evidence

Teachers and schools are being encouraged to become more evidence-based or evidence-informed, the aim being to use evidence to improve teaching practice. By acting on the best evidence, it increases the likelihood that we will make better decisions.

But how do we identify the best evidence? Whether it is a blog or a research article, with so much information out there, how can you find the evidence that is useful and reliable?

In this guide we will give you some initial pointers. Our aim is that, when looking for the answer to a particular question, you will be able to look for evidence that is appropriate for that question, and begin to weigh its value.

Our Engaging with evidence guide will help you to:

  • understand about different forms of evidence and different kinds of research
  • understand which types of research/evidence are best placed to answer different sorts of questions
  • be aware of the limitations of different forms of evidence
  • have some key questions you can ask to test the relevance and usefulness of evidence sources.

The guide also includes some links to popular sources and resources that can help you engage with evidence and begin to make the best decisions for the pupils in your school.