Building evidence into education
Ben Goldacre explains why appropriate infrastructure is need to do clinical trials of sufficient rigour and size to yield reliable results.Key Concepts addressed:
- 1-6 Expert opinion is not always right
- 2-1 Comparisons are needed to identify treatment effects
- 2-2 Comparison groups should be similar
- 2-3 Peoples' outcomes should be analyzed in their original groups
- 2-5 People should not know which treatment they get
- 2-8 Consider all of the relevant fair comparisons
- 2-14 Average measures of effects can be misleading
- 3-1 Do the outcomes measured matter to you?
- 3-3 Are the treatments practical in your setting?
Ben Goldacre, March 2013
I think there is a huge prize waiting to be claimed by teachers. By collecting better evidence about what works best, and establishing a culture where this evidence is used as a matter of routine, we can improve outcomes for children, and increase professional independence.