Developing an Education Evidence Eco-System in a Small Country: Lessons from Wales
Keywords:Evidence Ecosystem, Education Research, Wales
This paper’s aim is to explore the challenges of developing an education ‘evidence ecosystem’ for Wales.
Methodology. The analysis is derived from ongoing research and debates with key stakeholders in higher education and the Welsh Government and draws on policy research from other small countries.
Results. It might be argued that Wales provides the perfect environment for developing such an ecosystem because of its size, commitment to evidence-based policy, political consensus, collaborations between policy-makers, researchers and the education profession. That it has not yet been able to do so illustrates the constraints of wider political and historical circumstances which structure provision, particularly in small countries.
The paper concludes by considering how some of these challenges might be addressed so that the potential can be realised.
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