11th January 2021

Education research and evaluation in leading education nations: How nations organise, focus and fund their research for policymaking

The Education Policy Institute has published an evidence review of how leading education nations approach education research and evaluation, commissioned by Patrick Wall, founder of edpol.

The review considers what role research and evaluation play in education policymaking in five different countries.

The primary focus of the paper is how leading countries organise, focus and fund their education research and evaluation, both in the context of major system change and in terms of how each country assesses the effectiveness of its education system.

For each country, the report outlines the existing education research landscape and how it fits with policymaking. This has involved building a picture of the major institutions and their relationship to government; how they are funded, including an attempt to assess the magnitude of this funding in the context of other government spending; and how their research priorities are set.

The countries included in this study are Australia, Finland, Japan, Scotland and Singapore.

You can download the full report here


This is the second of two reviews aiming to understand how leading education nations around the world develop their education policies. The first (below) considers how different governments make decisions and guide processes for developing and reforming their curricula.


This research is supported edpol, an ongoing research project founded by author and researcher Patrick Wall, which aims to support better and more enduring policy change.

For further information visit: edpol.net