The Learning Impact Fund builds new evidence on Australian education approaches.
The Learning Impact Fund’s remit is to identify, fund and evaluate programs that will raise the academic achievement of children in Australia, especially those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We then aim to support the growth of those programs which have been shown to work best at raising achievement. A Learning Impact Fund grant intends to achieve two outputs:
- A well-delivered intervention that has the potential to improve the academic achievement of children;
- A robust evaluation of the intervention, which includes an estimate of its impact on achievement, an estimate of its cost per student, and a rating of the strength of the evaluation.
Our approach to evaluation
Our approach builds on the successful approach of the Education Endowment Foundation, which has been funding programs and rigorous evaluations in England since 2011.
A central aim of Evidence for Learning is to improve knowledge and extend the evidence-base on what works to raise the achievement of Australian students. To achieve this, all Learning Impact Fund projects will be rigorously evaluated by independent experts in educational research according to minimum standards. These evaluations will be funded by the Learning Impact Fund.
The impact of projects on attainment will be evaluated, where possible, using randomised controlled trials, with a linked process evaluation to understand the elements of successful delivery. Evaluations will be conducted by one of the Evidence for Learning's independent panel of evaluators.
Typically, Learning Impact Funds evaluations will measure the impact of projects on student achievement using randomised controlled trials.
Evidence for Learning takes a cumulative approach to evaluation. Thus the size of evaluation, and therefore the number of schools or projects that we would require grantees to work with, will be determined by what we already know or whether there is a need to either pilot a new approach or demonstrate that an intervention can work at scale.
We want to share our research about what works to raise student achievement. As projects progress, we will work with our partners at the Education Endowment Foundation to integrate the results of all of our evaluations into the summary of evidence for practitioners in the Teaching and Learning Toolkit.
As projects are completed, our website will feature evaluation reports and examples of approaches that work, along with notes about how they work. We want to make our approach to evaluation rigorous and transparent. All the research we commission will be published on this website, regardless of the outcome.