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Conference 2014: Finding a way... to facilitate the better use of research in education


Dates: 14 - 15 May 2014
Venue: Voksenåsen Conference Center, Ullveien 4, 0791 Oslo, Norway

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Europe currently faces many challenges, including renewing democracy, maintaining welfare systems, increasing the recognition of European education and research, and meeting future requirements of the knowledge society with a highly competent workforce and expertise. Education is a core part of our societies and there is growing agreement that knowledge from research should play a crucial role in improving educational practice and informing education policy. How potential users, such as teachers and policy makers, can best engage with, and make the most out of, research evidence is, however, less clear. There is no simple, direct line between the production of research and its use. While considerable progress has been made over the past few decades developing systems and processes for producing robust, policy-relevant research in education, concerns remain about a lack of systematic support structures for those seeking to use research-based knowledge to improve education. There is growing awareness across Europe of an unmet need to understand and develop institutional capacity and infrastructure to support effective uptake and use of research.

To address these international concerns, the Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe (EIPPEE) Network held its third international conference. The conference was held in collaboration with the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Education at the very roof-top of the Norwegian capital, overlooking the city and the Oslo Fjord.


As in previous EIPPEE conferences, there was a continuing focus on capacity-building and awareness raising amongst key stakeholders, through a broad range of activities aimed at promoting a deeper understanding of the nature, theory, and practice of evidence-informed decision-making in education. There were keynotes from leading experts, challenging debate panels, practical sessions, and other opportunities for discussion and collaboration between delegates. For those new to the topic, a pre-conference training workshop was available.

The main aims of the 2014 event were to explore the challenges and potential for developing effective infrastructures to support an evidence-informed approach in education across Europe, and to set out a realistic plan of action for the EIPPEE Network. There was a focus on learning from case examples and existing research. Key questions addressed during the conference included:

  • What infrastructures (physical or organisational structures, processes, regulations, etc) are in place across Europe to help facilitate better use of research in education, and at which level – local, regional, national or European - do these occur?
  • What are the most important gaps in institutional capacity and infrastructure, and how might these be addressed?
  • What examples of effective/promising structures to support the application of research are available from other sectors, and how appropriate are these for education in Europe?
  • What is the potential for, and advantages of, transnational and/or cross-sector cooperation and collaboration via the EIPPEE Network to address issues of research use?

The conference was aimed at researchers, policymakers, analysts, teachers, teacher associations, administrators, managers, trade union leaders, students, and others with an interest in discussing present opportunities and challenges, and mapping the road ahead.

Keynote speakers


Professor Sølvi Lillejord, Director of the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Education

"Welcome and introduction to the 2014 EIPPEE conference" (pdf of slides)

(Wednesday, 14 May 2014, Session 1)



Morten Rosenkvist, Deputy Director General of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research

"Welcome and introduction to the 2014 EIPPEE conference" (pdf of slides)

(Wednesday, 14 May 2014, Session 1)

Professor David Gough, Director of the EPPI-Centre and Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK:

The international need for robust knowledge and how to benefit from systematic use of research(pdf of slides)

(Wednesday, 14 May 2014, Session 2)



Jan Pakulski, Head of Unit Statistics, Studies and Surveys, European Commission

"Evidence-informed approach to policy in the EU" (pdf of slides)

(Wednesday, 14 May 2014, Session 2)

Dirk Van Damme, Head of Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):

When evidence confronts politics: Competing rationalities in the ‘smart state” (pdf of slides)

(Wednesday, 14 May 2014, Session 5)


Bjørn Lied Tønnesen, former State Education Director, Sogn and Fjordane County, Norway:

"Developing schools in the county of Sogn og Fjordane:“How did we work between 1995 and 2009?(pdf of slides)

(Wednesday, 14 May 2014, Session 5)


Ashley Lenihan, Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK:

Lessons from Abroad: International approaches to promoting evidence-based social policy” (pdf of slides)

(Thursday, 15 May 2014, Session 6)


Magne Nylenna, Director, The Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services:

Lessons from the health sector” (pdf of slides)

(Thursday, 15 May 2014, Session 6)



Jesper W. Simonsen, Division Director, The Research Council of Norway:

A systemic approach to research dissemination and the use of research in society as a provision for public innovation and change” (pdf of slides)

(Thursday, 15 May 2014, Session 6)



Tracey Burns, Policy Analyst, OECD:

The European landscape – inputs from workshops” (pdf of slides)

(Thursday, 15 May 2014, Session 8)


Workshops and poster sessions
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