TLRP’s overarching strategy was to support research of both high quality in social scientific terms and high relevance in terms of policy and practice. At the same time, considerable effort went into impact work, capacity building across the field of educational research and in ‘bridging’ between the worlds of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. It is believed that greater respect for, and understanding of, complementary forms of expertise developed over the period.
TLRP’s development was driven by six key strategic commitments:
- User engagement for relevance and quality
- Knowledge generation by project teams
- Knowledge synthesis through thematic activities
- Knowledge transformation for impact
- Capacity building for professional development
- Partnerships for sustainability
Because of the duration, scale and complexity of TLRP, these elements were managed simultaneously - for instance, with some projects being commissioned just as others completed. However, as the Programme matured, there was also a progressive change in the balance of activity, with more emphasis being placed on knowledge synthesis, transformation and impact. Explicit strategies to underpin post-Programme sustainability were developed in relation to capacity building, the use of ICT to support research development in the field and the deepening of partnerships with related organisations.