To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for her Department and its agencies in each financial year since 2010-11; whether the output of those evaluations was published; which organisation carried out each such evaluation; and what the value of each contract to provide that evaluation was.
14 September 2015
The Department for Education commissions external organisations to carry out policy research and evaluation. All of the commissioned research and evaluation feeds into policy strategy, development and refinement.
The department follows Government Social Research (GSR) commissioning and publication protocol and ensures research and evaluation products are made publicly available and released promptly upon completion.
Between 2010/11 and 2014/15, the department spent a total of £71.1 million on policy research and evaluation undertaken by external organisations.
The department predicts an expenditure of c.£12,000,000 on policy research and evaluation in 2015/16.
The information below covers all research and evaluation commissioned by the Department for Education and its agencies. The agencies are: the National College for Teaching and Leadership, the Standards and Testing Agency and the Education Funding Agency.
Since May 2010 the department’s commissioned work and the work commissioned by its agencies has been published on the following websites:
Department for Education (March 2010-March 2013): http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130403150653/https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/RSG/AllRsgPublications/Page1
Department of Education: (Since April 2013): www.gov.uk/government/publications?keywords=&publication_filter_option=research-and-analysis&departments%5B%5D=department-for-education
Completed policy evaluation and research carried out by departmental agencies can also be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications
The department also funded three research centres until March 2013. The evaluations and research carried out by the research centres can be found on the following websites:
Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre: www.cwrc.ac.uk/resources/773.html
Centre for Understanding Behaviour Change: www.bristol.ac.uk/cubec/researchreports/
Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions: www.ifs.org.uk/search/publications?centres%5B0%5D=325&sorting=newest
Details of which organisation carried out the research or evaluation studies can be found on the front page of each report.