Get involved in Q Project

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Get involved in Q Project

We are seeking primary, secondary and cross-phase schools in the states of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, that are interested in participating in a project about improving the use of research evidence in Australian schools.

Participation will involve completing two short (15-20mins) online surveys about the use of research, possibly hosting one or two one-day visits by the research team to interview and observe staff, and the opportunity to take part in project events with other schools. All of these activities would take place in 2020 and 2021.

You will gain:

  • insights into your current research use practices;
  • new connections with schools and networks interested in research use;
  • and the chance to contribute to new knowledge, tools and resources related to quality evidence use.

Why Q?

"Evidence is really crucial to education because without collecting, synthesising and disseminating research evidence, we really can't be sure that we're delivering the best learning opportunities to our students”
Ollie Lovell - Head of Senior Maths at Sunshine College

“Adopting and applying an evidence-based approach to education policy and teaching practices is what drives a better allocation of resources and improved outcomes.”
Productivity Commission, National Education Evidence Base Report (2016)

“Used intelligently, evidence is the teacher’s friend.”
Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation (2019) [from EEF Guide To Becoming An Evidence-Informed School Governor And Trustee]

“Australia has a strong commitment to evidence-based policy and practice, but there are some important gaps in our knowledge and much work to do on its successful implementation.”
AITSL Strategic Plan 2017-2020

"Resources are important. But the way they are used and how to get the biggest bang for your buck depends on having strong research processes."
Jonathan Coppel, Productivity Commissioner (2016)

“Internationally, enquiry-based (or ‘research-rich’) school and college environments are the hallmark of high performing education systems.”
BERA/RSA, Research and the Teaching Profession Final Report (2014)