“Because economic and social phenomena are so forbidding, or at least so seem, and because they yield few hard tests of what exists and what does not, they afford to the individual a luxury not given by physical phenomena. Within a considerable range [one] is permitted to believe what [one] pleases, [one] may hold whatever view of the world [one] finds most agreeable or otherwise to [his/her] taste.”
On Conventional Wisdom (From The Affluent Society by J. K. Galbraith, 1958)
This blog’s aim is to bring research and evidence to bear on current public policy (especially education) questions to – in Galbraith’s terms – reduce for myself and others the ‘range’ of views which are possible while remaining true to the evidence.
‘Bringing research and evidence to bear’ within public policy and educational practice is, as far as I can see, far easier said than done. So I also plan to explore some over-arching questions about the methods and methodology of applied social research, knowledge transfer and ‘evidence-informed’ public policy and practice.
I do not expect to blog regularly, mostly as a way of bringing research papers (mine and others’) to a wider audience. Nonetheless, I hope it will be worth watching this space for when I do. You can follow the blog by email by putting your email in at the bottom of the page. I promise not to flood your inbox with too many ramblings!
Here are some blogs I have written so far:
- Using Data in Schools – Some Reading
- School progress measures are a missed opportunity for a fairer and more informative approach
- How much confidence should we place in a progress measure?
- Time for an honest debate about grammar schools
- Why new school performance tables tell us very little about school performance