The Department for Education commissions external organisations to carry out policy research and evaluation. All of the commissioned research and evaluation feeds into policy strategy, development and refinement.
The department follows Government Social Research (GSR) commissioning and publication protocol and ensures research and evaluation products are made publicly available and released promptly upon completion.
Between 2010/11 and 2014/15, the department spent a total of £71.1 million on policy research and evaluation undertaken by external organisations.
The department predicts an expenditure of c.£12,000,000 on policy research and evaluation in 2015/16.
The information below covers all research and evaluation commissioned by the Department for Education and its agencies. The agencies are: the National College for Teaching and Leadership, the Standards and Testing Agency and the Education Funding Agency.
Since May 2010 the department’s commissioned work and the work commissioned by its agencies has been published on the following websites:
The department also funded three research centres until March 2013. The evaluations and research carried out by the research centres can be found on the following websites:
Details of which organisation carried out the research or evaluation studies can be found on the front page of each report.