Our role in the evaluation of the EEF Research Schools Network

Evaluating the Research Schools Network


Seymour Research is proud to have been part of the team commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to evaluate the first phase of the Research Schools Network (RSN) initiative. The RSN was established by the EEF in 2016 to broaden and deepen evidence-informed practices and cultures in schools.

Led by Professor Qing Gu from the UCL Institute of Education, this three-year evaluation aimed to assess the evidence of promise, feasibility and scalability of the RSN based on the experiences of the first five schools to become Research Schools.

Seymour Research was part of the evaluation team and our role included running and analysing surveys of stakeholders and designing, maintaining and analysing a database which recorded every 'engagement' individuals and schools had with the Research Schools, from receiving e-newsletters, to attending professional development events, through to undertaking funded innovation projects.

The full report on the evaluation has been published by EEF and is available as a PDF download here.

We are also involved in a parallel evaluation of the Research Schools in Opportunity Areas for the EEF and again, we are working as part of the UCL evaluation team. This evaluation is in the reporting stage with the report due to be published in late 2021.