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Workshop 4

DAY ONE: Session 3: Parallel workshop sessions (14 May, 14.00 - 15.30)

Workshop 4: National strategies for encouraging the use of research evidence in Norway and Austria (Chair: Jan Tripney, EPPI-Centre, University of London, UK)

This workshop will critically examine national-level strategies for encouraging the use of research evidence in education in two European countries. The development of strategy in Norway and Austria will be contrasted. In Norway, a five year plan has given rise to new infrastructure including the Knowledge Centre for Education and a programme of research and innovation. In Austria, progress has been made in networking between researchers and policymakers and the creation of a state institute for R&D. Attention will be given to gaps, risks and priorities for the coming years.

Presentations:

Elisabeth Buk-Berge: National strategies for educational research as a tool for enhancing use of research in policy and practice. The case of Norway
This presentation examines the importance of policy set out by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research which have developed and followed up measures for enhancing the use of research in policy and practice in education.  Special attention will be given to two national strategies for educational research, the first one for years 2008-2013 and the latest for 2014-2019. These strategies outline the background for the number of measures, seen both as simple products, and as parts of a whole where different elements are related to each other in such a way that they are, in a long term, expected to strengthen the effect of each other. Some of the measures are already set up, for example, the new long-term programme for research and innovation in the educational sector (FINNUT 2014-2023), the Knowledge Centre for Education, and the Centre for Educational Measurement at the University in Oslo (CEMO).

In this workshop, we will give special attention to the way some of the measures from the first strategy have been developed into ready products and present the Ministry’s priorities regarding educational research for the next five years.

Lorenz Lassnigg: Infrastructures and lack of infrastructures in Austria: one step forward, two steps backward, or the reverse?

In Austrian discourses the high ‘ideological loading’ of educational policy is legendary in history as well as in contemporary development. Some actors and stakeholders are asking for more ‘evidence’ as a remedy for this unfortunate situation. The contribution will show, that some progress has been made in educational R&D (e.g. networking among researchers and policy makers; foundation of a state institute for R&D [BIFIE]; Austrian Educational Report; development of standards, etc.), however, that these steps might be misused at the level of ideological struggle, because some important ingredients for the production and use of evidence are still missing (e.g., sufficient academic backing of R&D, independence of the state institute, etc.).  The message is, that too much of a drive towards policy and practice might also be hindering the use of evidence.