About this research
How was the research carried out?
A model describing how the intervention would work in practice was drafted following a workshop to identify the resources, activities, outputs, and intended outcomes of the programme. Teachers at participating schools were surveyed at the beginning and end of the academic year, and quantitative data from this survey was analysed to identify any changes. The process evaluation was based on in-depth interviews, observations of training events, case studies, and survey data.
What are the strengths of the research methodology?
The pilot study included elements of formative evaluation, process evaluation, and quantitative data collection and analysis.
What is the context for this research?
The authors summarise findings from qualitative interviews suggesting that the intervention’s structure provided scope to embed the use of research evidence in practice because it overcomes barriers related to time and practical implementation. The authors also report that this structure will need to remain in place after the pilot ends if teachers are to continue to engage with research evidence in the long term.
- As professionals, how well do we critically engage with research and developments in learning and teaching?
- What approaches do we take in supporting staff towards making best use of professional learning opportunities?
- How well are we equipping teachers with effective learning strategies, and pupils with the tools they need to achieve and progress?
About the author(s)
The project was funded through the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Research Use in Schools grants round. It was jointly funded by the EEF, the Department for Education, and the Mayor’s London Schools Excellence Fund.
Related research / reading
PDF file: Project Protocol - Rochdale Research into Practice (321 KB)
PDF file: Rochdale Research into Practice (746 KB)
This research was not commissioned by Education Scotland and the findings, recommendations and conclusions do not necessarily reflect the views of Education Scotland.
Svetlana Speight, Meg Callanan, Julia Griggs and Javiera Cartagena Farias (2016), Rochdale Research into Practice : Evaluation report and executive summary. London : EEF
Link to full research article
Research into Practice - Evidence-informed CPD in Rochdale on Education Endowment Foundation website