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Next steps

A panel of four speakers discussed the next steps for the policy, practice and study of evidence of use and how the EIPPEE Network could contribute. Representing different levels of decision-making and stakeholders were:

  • Jan Pakulski from the European Commission
  • Tracey Burns from CERI, OECD
  • David Gough from the EPPI Centre and the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK 
  • Martin Johnson from the UK Association of Teachers and Lecturers

The panel was impressed by the quality of the recommendations developed during the workshop sessions. The panel suggested that identifying how many of these ideas could be developed into solutions should provide the framework upon which any future EIPPEE work should be built. In discussing where and how the project could move forward, the panel highlighted three specific issues to consider.

  1. The panel urged participants to identify existing good practices, effective interventions, measures and process already taking place across Europe. To inform policy and practice, key players in each country need to be identified and contacts and relationships built.
  2. The panel advised participants to guard against the easy and simplistic use of terms such as evidence use and in doing so, to ensure that there is a good and consistent understanding of what this really means.
  3. The panel advised participants to be aware of political developments happening around them and to take advantage of opportunities to inform the priorities and approach of political parties, particularly when in opposition.

In setting these issues out, the panel emphasised the importance of the trans-European EIPPEE Network. The panel drew attention to EIPPEE’s unique position as a Network with over 600 members from all EU member states and more widely in addressing these issues and driving the agenda and change forward in particular countries.