Evidence for Learning helps great practice become common practice in education.
Incubated by Social Ventures Australia and supported by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Education Endowment Foundation (UK) as founding partners, Evidence for Learning has been developed to help educators increase learning by improving the evidence of what works best and why. This makes the biggest difference for learners in disadvantaged settings where school education plays a crucial role in improving their life chances.
With more than $50 billion invested annually in school education we can and must do better to help education leaders make better evidence-informed decisions for the benefit of students.
Evidence for Learning has a vision of an Australia where evidence-informed approaches improve learning, so that all children, regardless of background, make the best possible progress. The venture brokers, translates and mobilises knowledge between education researchers, policy makers, systems leaders, school practitioners and the wider community.
‘Using evidence of ‘what works and why’ so higher impact approaches will be more frequently adopted and lower impact approaches more quickly retired.’
This is achieved by:
- Building evidence through the Learning Impact Fund.
- Sharing evidence through the Toolkit (developed with the Victorian Department of Education and Training and the UK’s Education Endowment Foundation). The Toolkit is a free online summary of educational research, designed to inform practice by identifying the most effective approaches to improving student attainment. It references up-to-date international and domestic research and applies it to an Australian context.
- Encouraging the use of evidence with practical guides, resources and networks and through building a community committed to developing an evaluative culture in schools and early learning centres.
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‘Schools need to become incubators of programs, evaluators of impact and experts at interpreting the effects of teachers and teaching on all students.’
John Hattie, Chair, Evidence for Learning Expert Reference Council
As a new enterprise, SVA will support Evidence for Learning with funding, capacity building and access to our networks to help improve the learning impact in schools.