Research, policy and practice
Over the past decade considerable interest has been shown in using research systematically to improve the quality and relevance of policy and practice on education and training in Europe. This is important, as ineffective or misdirected policies incur substantial financial and social costs. This demands a change in how we produce and disseminate knowledge. It requires the producers of research to think about how research findings are communicated, while users need to develop skills, such as how to evaluate the robustness of evidence, and how to apply this evidence in ways that are sensitive to different contexts. Evidence-informed policymaking and practice has emerged as one response to this challenge. The European education community has responded to this challenge, mindful that in the search for workable policies and practices, it is important to avoid a ‘one-size fits all’ solution.