Welcome to the website of the Evaluating Evidence about Educational Programs (EEEP) project!
The EEEP project is a collaboration between researchers from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)and the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario (AERO). With funding from the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER), we have worked together since mid-2011 to develop a framework for evaluating evidence about educational programs.
The project team includes, from OISE, Christie Fraser and Jayme Herman, both doctoral students, Professor Ruth Childs, and Susan Elgie, and, from AERO, Kim Bennett, Stephanie Pagan, Susan Palijan, and Greg Rousell. Other AERO members have also contributed, most notably through a SIG meeting in late October 2011.
Goal of the Project
The purpose of this project is to increase the capacity of Ontario school boards to use evidence to inform their decision-making, especially about educational programs for students with special education needs.
Methodology and Target Participants
The target audience for the EEEP project is school board researchers and those who work with them to form evidence-based decisions. The project team has collaborated, through discussions and pilot testing, to refine the framework. One notable development has been a broadening from a focus on formal educational research to include other types of evidence. Another is the presentation of the framework as a ‘decision tree’ that focuses on three principles –effectiveness, efficiency, and equity – and three kinds of evidence – research; professional judgement; and media, journalism and testimonials.
With questions or suggestions, please email Professor Ruth Childs.