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Academies : research priorities and questions, March 2014

Department for Education
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Department for Education Academies Research priorities and questions March 2014 2 Contents General approach to research needs and priorities 3 Academies: the policy context 4 Research Summary and gaps 5 Future Priorities 7 Performance 7 Leadership and development 8 Moving towards a self-improving system 8 Innovation 8 Academies and governance 9 Engaging with Future priorities 10 3 General approach to research needs and priorities This paper is one of a series of 15 which aims to: • promote the importance of robust quantitative evidence, in combination with other methods, to increase understanding of ‘what works’ in education and children’s services; • identify evidence gaps and promote discussion of them with the research community, practitioners and other stakeholders; • initiate collaboration with the research community, practitioners and other stakeholders to research these issues; and, • support work that helps understand and tackle the barriers to evidence based practice, including how to make evidence accessible to practitioners. The principles behind the department’s research strategy are inspired by Ben Goldacre’s vision1 in the Department for Education Analytical Review2. In future, the development and use of evidence should be increasingly driven and owned by the research community, sector bodies and practitioners. The published suite of priority and question papers between them cover the department’s key areas of work and provides a coherent strategic context for the research community, sector bodies and practitioners as well as the department, to plan and prioritise research. The department will continue to commission research, informed by the published priority questions Views about the research questions and priority papers, recent findings, on-going research or evidence gaps are warmly welcomed. We will also be arranging a series of discussions throughout 2014 with practitione

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