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The two least used research designs reported from the consultation exercise were experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Although few individual researchers identify a need to undertake such research there is a strong belief by key stakeholders that such research should be given greater encouragement in educational research. However, due to the problems of traditionally defined experimental designs, such as randomised control trials, it is felt that the RCBN should help to develop a more complex intervention form of research design. As with some of the ideas for using IT in research it may be that the RCBN plays a direct role in developing expertise rather than the sharing of existing knowledge and skills. At the core of developing complex intervention research designs should be the combining of different research methods.


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Assistance in researching educational interventions
The RCBN has the resources to help provide immediate and direct consultation from experts in researching educational interventions. The RCBN can help identify the type of expertise you may require and who could provide this. Alternatively, you may already have a good idea of the expertise you require. In either case the RCBN can provide some of the resources necessary to access and share such expertise. Please contact the RCBN to discuss your particular requirements.

Similarly, if you are able and willing to offer your expertise in researching educationa interventions to other researchers then please contact the RCBN. We can cover many of the costs incurred from assisting other researchers in assessing educational interventions.

Discussion Board
An on-line discussion board for this RCBN theme has been established. To access this board, please click here.

7 and 8 June 2004 - Design and Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials (Friends House, London)
Two-day workshop, Friends House, London. Please click here for further information.

20 May 2004 - Randomised Trials in Educational Research (Bonhill House, London)
One-day seminar. For further information, please click here.

1 November 2003, Action Research Conference, Cardiff University
Hosted by The Centre for Research in Health and Human Services (Cardiff University School of Social Sciences). In association with the Health and Social Care Research Support Unit and the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme, Research Capacity Building Network.

For all with an interest in action research in the fields of health, education, social care, criminal justice and other fields.

There is growing and renewed interest in action research. This has been stimulated from different directions, including: participatory and collaborative approaches to research; user-led research; advocacy-based services; feminist research and evaluation; practitioner research and the teacher as researcher; reflective learning and learning organisations; government and academic concerns about research impacts.

The conference drew together people holding a variety of perspectives, and working in a range of settings and traditions. It aims to build an active dialogue between key stakeholders, and inform contemporary discussion about how to facilitate good action research in health, education, social care, criminal justice and other fields.

This conference was free to all researchers associated with the TLRP. For further information and a programme, click here.

September 2003
Randomised control trials (RCTs): rationale, design and use in teaching and learning research; 2-day training workshop (Glasgow); 15 places

November 2003
Formative evaluation: seminar on design of interventions in teaching and learning research; 2-hour seminar (attached to TLRP Annual Conference); unlimited places

March 2003
Complex interventions: their use and design in teaching and learning research; 2-day training workshop (Cardiff); 15 places


References (return to top)

Building Research Capacity journal

Elliott, J (2002) What is applied research in education? Building Research Capacity, 3, pp.7-10

Kelly, E and Lesh, R (2002) Understanding and explicating the design experiment methodology, Building Research Capacity, 3, pp.1-3

Moore, L (2002) Research design for the rigorous evaluation of complex educational interventions: lessons from health services research, Building Research Capacity, 1, pp.4-5

Tymms, P and Taylor Fitz-Gibbon, C (2002) Theories, hypotheses, hunches and ignorance, Building Research Capacity, 2, p.10-11


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The Curriculum, Evaluation and Management Centre (CEM)
The CEM Centre is committed to applying the best standards of science to the development and evaluation of policies.

The Campbell Collaboration
The international Campbell Collaboration (C2) is a non-profit organization that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about the effects of interventions in the social, behavioral and educational arenas.

Evidence-Based Child Health Unit , University of Liverpool
The Unit was established in collaboration with the University of Liverpool to be a centre of excellence, both nationally and internationally, to produce systematic reviews in the field of Child Health and to be a centre of development and training in this innovative area.

Evidence Network
The Evidence Network is a focus point for evidence based policy and practice research in the UK.


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